In July 1985 Dublin Street Traders marched through Dublin city centre to Mountjoy Jail in protest at the imprisonment of two traders for non-payment of fines.

Throughout July 1985 street traders conflicted with the Gardaí over the right to casual trading in Dublin city. Trouble broke out between protesters and the Gardaí at a demonstration on O'Connell Street resulting in seven arrests.

The dispute centred on casual trading in non-designated areas.

An RTÉ News broadcast on 26 July 1985. This footage is mute.