The Minister for Housing has ordered an investigation into an eviction of nine tenants from a property in Dublin last week.

Minister Darragh O'Brien has written to the Residential Tenancies Board expressing his concern about the treatment of the tenants at the property on Berkeley Road in Phibsborough.

In the letter, the Fianna Fáil TD asked that the full powers and resources of the RTB are brought to bear in the case. 

Mr O'Brien has requested that the board carry out an investigation to ensure the residents were treated fairly.

"I am deeply concerned about the treatment of the tenants concerned and want to ensure that they are treated fairly, respectfully and within the confines of protections provided in the Residential Tenancies Acts," he said.

Mr O'Brien asks that the RTB prioritise any dispute that may be brought to it by the affected tenants in relation to the termination and also asks the board to "fully investigate" the matter and report back to him with recommendations as soon as possible. 

It comes after gardaí launched an investigation into alleged criminal damage at the property and an internal review of "lessons learned" after the incident.

Social media footage appeared to show a number of men dressed in black wearing face coverings, hats and dark glasses entering the house in Phibsborough last Wednesday.

They are understood to have told the residents to leave, before boarding up the windows and door.

Footage circulating on social media showed a number of gardaí were in attendance at the property. 

The tenants have since returned to the property after the eviction was deemed invalid.

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said: "I think from the perspective of the State we need to make sure that nothing like this happens again.

"There is a huge amount of anxiety among renters out there, particularly the role of the gardaí in the eviction, that is something that has not yet been clarified.

"We need to know what went wrong and how we can ensure that it never happens again because public trust in the gardaí is paramount."