Ruth Coppinger was protesting against a recent rape case in Cork

TD Ruth Coppinger has held up a thong in the Dáil chamber this afternoon.

The Solidarity TD did so while challenging judges on what she calls "rape myths".

Her actions come following a rape case in Cork where the defending barrister held up the woman's underwear in court saying the jury should consider it in its deliberations.

She said the fact she was wearing a lace thong suggested she was open to being with someone - the accused man was unanimously found not guilty.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger says "rape myths" need to be seriously examined by the judiciary.

Meanwhile, a series of protests are to take place tomorrow over the barrister's controversial comments.

Protests are planned for Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.