'Occupy Dame Street' protest in Dublin

Monday 10 October 2011 11.46
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Protesters set up tents outside Central Bank (Pic: Micheál Mac Suibhne)
Protesters set up tents outside Central Bank (Pic: Micheál Mac Suibhne)
Dame Street earlier today
Dame Street earlier today

About 60 protesters and onlookers are on Dame Street in Dublin tonight as part of the 'Occupy Dame Street' protest.

More than half a dozen tents have been pitched outside the Central Bank by demonstators.

Gardaí say the protest continues to be a peaceful one.

The group said its mission is to end corporate corruption and it is acting in solidarity with other similar movements, such as 'Occupy Wall Street'.

Among the group's demands is that the International Monetary Fund and that the European Central Bank stay out of Irish affairs.

The group is also demanding the return to the Irish people of oil and gas reserves off the Irish coast.

The demonstrations started with a Facebook and Twitter campaign.

Yesterday, the American Embassy in Dublin issued an emergency warning to US citizens regarding today's "anti-financial sector" demonstration, advising them to avoid the area.