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Occupy Galway: Gardai dismantle city centre protest camp

THE last Occupy protect camp in the country has been dismantled by gardai and council chiefs.

Officials moved in to remove Occupy Galway activists from Eyre Square at about 4.30am.

Six men were in the camp, which was established almost seven months ago, when gardai began the operation.

A garda spokesman said one man was arrested for a public order offence.

Galway City Council had raised concerns that the camp should be removed before the Volvo Ocean Race grand finale next month.

The largest Occupy camp, outside the Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin, was dismantled in March ahead of St Patrick's festivities.

Protesters had been camping at the site since last October to object to corporate greed and in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protest and similar movements around the world.