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Calls to 'end gender violence' at 'Reclaim the Streets' protest held in Dublin

Gardai confirmed that they issued 14 fines for breaches of the Health Act.

Sarah Everard’s body was found in Kent after she went missing on March 3 (Handout/PA)

Neil Fetherstonhaugh and Amy Blaney

Dozens gathered for a protest staged on Dublin’s O’Connell Street today in wake of the death of Sarah Everard.

Ms Everard was abducted and murdered as she walked home in London earlier this month.

The protest, organised by socialist feminist group ROSA and former TD Ruth Coppinger, was held as part of the Reclaim the Streets rally on the capital’s main throughfare and passed off peacefully.

Protesters demanded that more is done to prevent violence against women, with some chanting: “Reclaim the streets, not one more, we are 97pc, what do we want to end gender violence, when do we want it now.”

Ms Coppinger said: "The political establishment doesn't care and the police know themselves that this violence has increased."

She also revealed that she had her name taken by gardai for breaking travel restrictions.

Gardai confirmed that they issued 14 fines for breaches of the Health Act.

A woman in tears holds up a sign during speeches at a protest in Dublin to highlight violence against women in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.

A Garda spokesperson said; “Following continued non-compliance with Public Health Regulations and failing to comply with directions from An Garda Síochána, Gardaí had exhausted the first 3Es and had to intervene.

Officers have identified the organisers of this event and all breaches of the public health regulations.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The spokesperson added: “The Covid-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to continue to save lives.”

It comes after some protests that had taken place to remember Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, across the UK over the weekend were broken up by police.

Ms Everard was murdered earlier this month after being reported missing when she didn't return home on March 3.

Ayrainna Lamcellari, four, holds a placard during a protest over violence against women (Niall Carson/PA)

She had been walking home from her friend's house in Clapham, London, at the time of her disappearance. Her remains were discovered last week.

Ms Everard's death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the public in the UK, Ireland and across the world, with many women and girls sharing stories online of experiencing violence by men.

Today, Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old police officer, made his first appearance at the Central Criminal Court by video link from Belmarsh top security prison after being charged with her murder.

The defendant appeared to have a wound on his forehead and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Members of Ms Everard's family joined the hearing in court 10 of the Old Bailey by video link, according to court officials.

Prosecutor Tom Little said the circumstances of the case had led to a "very significant and wide-ranging investigation".

Demonstrators during a protest in Dublin organised in remembrance of murdered Sarah Everard and in protest of continued violence against women (Niall Carson/PA)

He told the court that it had attracted an "almost unprecedented media and public attention".

Judge Mark Lucraft set a provisional Old Bailey trial for 25 October with a plea hearing on 9 July.

Couzens, who sat with his head bowed throughout the hearing, was remanded into custody.

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