Five people have been banned for a year from an area of Dublin City centre in and around O'Connell Street.

The four men and one woman in their 20s and 30s have been ordered by a district court judge to stay away because of persistent anti-social behaviour.

None of the five live in the area.

A Garda Superintendent in Store Street succeeded in an application for the anti-social behaviour orders at the Dublin District Court today.

The applications were made following Operation Stilts, set up to tackle drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in the O’Connell Street area.

It was supported by Dublin City Council and members of the business community who also gave evidence in the case.

The process is a civil procedure and all five had been previously warned three times about their behaviour before being banned today.

They are liable to be arrested and charged if they breach the orders.