A farmers’ protest in Dublin has called for reinforcements as the demonstration in the city centre enters its second day.

The protest saw tractors and farmers block roads in and around Leinster House last night, and some farmers call for ‘thousands of tractors’ to join the disruption, which may extend to the M50.

Farmers say they are in crisis with beef prices at rock bottom and farmers being asked to shoulder an unfair proportion of a carbon tax.

Gardaí say streets in and around St Stephen’s Green will remain closed to traffic until further notice, while AA Roadwatch advises St Stephen’s Green East and North are closed along with Kildare Street and Dawson Street.

Earlsfort Terrace is closed, along with Leeson Street outbound, but traffic can currently use St Stephen’s Green South to go from Leeson Street inbound to Cuffe Street. The Kevin Street/Cuffe Street stretch is closed to traffic heading towards St Stephen’s Green.

Elsewhere, Merrion Square South and East, and Merrion Street Upper are also closed and Dublin Bus has advised of a number of diversions.

The farmers are demanding a meeting with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to discuss the crisis.