A security company has suspended an employee who told two Muslim women that they could not pray in a Dublin park.

The incident happened at Griffith Park in Drumcondra.

Security company Manguard Plus, which enforces park by-laws on Dublin City Council's behalf, has apologised unreservedly.

Managing Director of Manguard Plus Bill Brown denied the women were told they needed a permit to pray, but said they were asked to move on.

He said he had a meeting this morning with the worker who approached two women.

Mr Brown said the worker came to him at around 9.30am and recounted what had happened.

It was then decided that the worker should be suspended pending further investigation.

Mr Brown said he had contacted the Irish Examiner newspaper this morning in order to try to get in contact with the women in question.

He said he wanted to listen to what they had to say and to ensure that they felt their views had been heard.