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Housing protesters bid to ‘Take Back The City’ with major demo in Dublin

The protest in Dublin was focused on O’Connell Street (Brian Lawless/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

A group of housing protesters have staged a mass protest on one of the busiest thoroughfares in Dublin.

The Take Back The City demonstration started at around 1pm on Saturday at the Garden of Remembrance before marching down O’Connell Street under Garda escort.

The number of protesters increased to more than 1,000 later in the afternoon and many took part in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Street and O’Connell Bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Demonstrators take part in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Bridge Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

The Take Back The City movement has previously occupied vacant properties in Dublin in protest against the housing crisis.

The Dublin demonstration was one of a number taking place across Ireland.

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Sinn Fein President Mary-Lou McDonald was among those attending the protest.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy came under increased pressure during the summer as homeless figures threatened to hit 10,000.

Sinn Fein has submitted a motion of no confidence in Mr Murphy, which will be debated in the Dail next Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Gardai came under criticism after five housing protesters were arrested following the occupation of a house in Dublin’s North Frederick Street.