A number of groups are protesting outside Thomond Park in Limerick as a Fine Gael-organised meeting about directly elected mayors gets under way.

The meeting is being addressed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Fine Gael candidates for the upcoming local elections.

Members of Limerick Solidarity, Limerick Housing Action and Limerick Against Pollution are taking part in the protest.

Earlier the Taoiseach accompanied Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly on a canvass through Limerick city.

Yesterday, protesters interrupted a similar Fine Gael meeting in Cork which was attended by Mr Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Earlier the late great Dolores O’Riordan was remembered on the streets of Limerick as the Taoiseach joined in a busking session with Mr Kelly.

He joined with busker James McKelvie singing Zombie, the famous Cranberries anthem.

Mr McKelvie, who is from Shinrone in Co Offaly, comes to Limerick regularly to busk, and plans to be back busking for this years Riverfest which takes place over the upcoming bank holiday weekend and centres around a number of events celebrating the River Shannon.

Mr McKelvie said he was delighted with the impromptu busking session which honoured the unique talent of Ms O’Riordan.