Gardaí in Galway have confirmed that no arrests were made during a stand-off between Occupy Galway and local council staff in Eyre Square yesterday evening.
The incident occurred shortly after 5pm when members of Occupy Galway began chalking slogans on the wall in Eyre Square to mark the first anniversary of the founding of the local Occupy movement.
Staff from Galway City Council quickly rushed to the scene with a power-washer and attempted to remove the slogans but this did not deter the protestors who continued with their efforts. This lead to a stand-off between the group, council staff and gardaí but it was quickly resolved, with Occupy Galway vacating the square.
A spokesperson for Galway Gardaí told the Galway Independent this morning that despite the disturbance, no arrests were made and no charges would be brought against the group.
Occupy Galway made its return to the public eye last week with a demonstration by a small group of protestors outside City Hall. This was the first high-profile appearance since the Occupy camp in Eyre Square was disbanded prior to the Volvo Ocean Race.