Dublin's Portobello Plaza is to remain closed for the next three weekends to prevent crowds gathering for outdoor drinking.

Dublin City Council closed it last weekend as a 'circuit breaker' after crowds of up to 1,000 people gathered to drink on the plaza beside the Grand Canal.

Local residents complained of noise, drug dealing, public urination and direct intimidation by some of the people.

Following a meeting between the residents most affected, gardaí, council officials and local representatives it has been decided to keep the plaza closed for three more weekends.

In a statement the council said the plaza will remain closed from midday Friday to midday Monday for the next three weekends, reopening from 11 June.

This will follow the reopening of seated outdoor drinking and dining generally on 7 June.

Councillor Claire Byrne of the Green Party said as the weather was bad last weekend some residents wanted to keep it closed again to gauge its effectiveness.

They also wanted to bring it up to the date of the general reopening of outdoor hospitality.

Cllr Byrne said she is in favour of reopening the public space and making it more family friendly.