The Office of Public Works (OPW) has said it has decided to close the "historic" bandstand in Dublin's St Stephen's Green to protect it from "any further damage".

Fencing has been erected at the site to prevent visitors from accessing the bandstand.

In a statement, the OPW said that its responsibility was to protect the park and its historical features from vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

The decision comes after large numbers of people converged on popular Dublin locations last weekend, including St Stephen's Green.

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, however, told RTÉ's Drivetime that the fencing should be removed and she would be engaging with the OPW on the matter.

"I don't think there needs to be any railing off of the space. We actually need more of this space because if we want people to enjoy an outdoor summer, we need to provide them with a space," she said.

"I'll be trying to find a commissioner of OPW to ask exactly why we're fencing off the bandstand, it shouldn’t be fenced off."

She said an increased garda presence is needed to monitor antisocial behaviour.

Ms Chu said it does not make sense to encourage people to come into the city to support retailers, without providing people with a space to socialise.

"South William Street needs to be properly pedestrianised, so it can be properly managed," she said.

"People are like traffic, when you close off one space, they go to another. So, we need to provide as many spaces as possible for people to filter into."

The OPW said it is liaising with An Garda Síochána in relation to the policing of St Stephen's Green on an ongoing basis and will respond to any incidents should they arise.

It added an appeal for the public to respect the park this weekend, and bring any waste home with them.