Six anti-property tax protesters were arrested this evening as attempts were made to disrupt council meetings in Dublin and Galway.

Gardaí cleared protesters who had broken up a meeting of South Dublin County Council in Tallaght and arrested five people, including Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy.

In Swords, the protesters forced a brief suspension of a meeting of Fingal County Council but an attempt to break into the council chamber was foiled.

Protesters remained chanting and blowing whistles in the foyer while the meeting was in progress.

There was also a protest in Dublin's City Hall, where a southeast area committee meeting was being held.

Another person was arrested at a protest in Galway.

All of those arrested were released without charge.

Last week, Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes protesters forced the closure of the constituency office of Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne in Dublin's South Central constituency.

A meeting of Cork City Council had to be abandoned last month because of protests.