Black Lives Matter demonstrations staged across Ireland

Black Lives Matter demonstrations have taken place in cities across Ireland.

Some of the biggest crowds at rallies on the island gathered at Custom House Square in Belfast and outside the US Embassy in Dublin.

In Northern Ireland, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd had urged organisers to call off the rallies sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US.

Protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Customs House Square in Belfast (Rebecca Black/PA)

The PSNI conducted checks on roads and at transport hubs ahead of the protests.

As people arrived, many wearing face coverings and gloves, at the demonstration in Belfast they were handed flyers by police officers detailing social-distancing rules. Some were issued with community resolution notices.

Organisers had marked out social-distancing measurements and encouraged those attending to space out.

They heard speeches and at one stage knelt on one knee in solidarity.

In Dublin, there were also calls for social distancing to be observed as crowds protested outside the US Embassy.

Marks were made on the road to show people how far apart to stand.

Black Lives Matter protests
People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest rally outside the US embassy in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

However, protesters appeared closer together as more numbers arrived, many holding placards which carried messages of support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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