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Occupy Dame Street protesters warned of legal action

The protest group says they have been advised that the Central Bank will seek a High Court injunction against their encampment tomorrow.

The Occupy Dame Street camp outside the Central Bank.
The Occupy Dame Street camp outside the Central Bank.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE OCCUPY DAME Street protest group camped outside the Central Bank in Dublin has been warned that the bank will lodge papers with the High Court tomorrow seeking an injunction against them.

There is no listing for the injunction application on the High Court diary for tomorrow, but applicants do not have to give advance notice to the courts ahead of such an application.

The protest group said it was warned today by the gardaí that the bank intends to make its High Court bid tomorrow, and says it is calling on the bank to engage in mediation instead of legal action.

One of the group, Gillian, told TheJournal.ie this evening that the protesters are in communication with Miceal O’Hurley of Munster Mediation Services and that they  would nominate him to take part in discussions between the bank and the group.

Gillian said that the bank had no engagement with the group until this weekend, when bank security guards came to check out a wooden structure the group was erecting to act as a kitchen for the provision of hot meals. She said that the group has received no direct communication from the bank.

The camp outside the bank has been in place for over a month and is part of a growing movement spearheaded by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.

The Central Bank was unavailable for comment this evening.

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