An auction in Galway was disrupted for a time after protests about the sale of two properties.

The auction restarted after two houses were taken off the auction list.

The sale of 18 properties at a Galway hotel was disrupted by a number of people heckling auctioneer Colm O'Donnellan.

One man was escorted from the room by security staff.

The first property was sold without incident, but the auction was interrupted again when the sale of the second house got under way.

Gardaí were called to the scene and proceedings were suspended for over 30 minutes after Friends Of Banking group member Jerry Beades refused to leave the auctioneer's podium.

The auction resumed after negotiations led to the removal of two receiver sales from the sale list.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath was among those in attendance this afternoon.

He said concerns people had about banks selling family homes had to be listened to by the Government.