Hundreds of protesters have demonstrated in Cork city centre calling for the end to what they describe as victim blaming in rape trials.

It follows a trial last week in which a 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl.

One issue raised by a defence barrister during her summing up has caused controversy.

The barrister told jurors in her closing address that they should look at the way the complainant was dressed, that she was wearing a thong with a lace front.

Today's protest organised by ROSA Cork saw some 400 people march from Patrick Street to the Anglesea Street Court Complex, where dozens of thongs were hung from railings and laid on the courthouse steps.

Protest organiser and Cork City Councillor Fiona Ryan of Solidarity-People Before Profit said people would no longer allow comments such as these to pass.

Demonstrations were also held in Dublin and Limerick.