Gardaí were called to attend at a scene at King’s Church on Clanbrassil Street, where there is an ongoing dispute over the African communities use of the premises.
Members of the community called Gardaí after two gates to the premises which houses the KIng’s Church on Clanbrassil Street were apparently locked while local school children were in attendance in the building on Monday afternoon.
Vans had also been parked across the two entrances.
When the Dundalk Democrat were there the gates were not locked, though pictures taken on camera phones appeared to show the gates had indeed been locked earlier in the day.
Children had not been removed from the premises at approxmately 5.10pm.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, local Nigerian man Michael Emanuel said that the children had not left the building because the gap between the van and wall was too narrow for the adults, many of whom were their parents, to get through.
He also pointed out that Gardaí were at the scene and that it was important that they saw the number of children that had been locked into the premises earlier in the day.
Gardaí were present at the entrance after 5 o’clock and spoke to a solicitor who was representing members of the congregation.