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Councillors held after protest inside bank

FOUR people, including two city councillors, were arrested by gardai after an anti-bank bailout protest spilled into a major Bank of Ireland branch.

Gardai were called to the Bank of Ireland branch on Cork's Patrick Street after a lunchtime protest against the bank bailout, property tax and the salary paid to bank chiefs spread from the pavement outside into the busy branch.

Two Cork City Council members, Mick Barry (SP) and Ted Tynan (WP), were detained after refusing to end their protest. The councillors were later released without charge.

Gardai were called when some members of the 20-strong protest moved inside the branch and refused to leave.

Mr Barry said he was very proud of the stance he had taken.

Irish Independent