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Shouting match Dublin Bay South candidate Dolores Cahill shouts at gardai as she is refused entry to count centre for not wearing mask

The candidate was captured on several videos posted on social media pushing tables out of the way


Dublin Bay South candidate Dolores Cahill has created a bit of a scene outside the count centre in the RDS after she was refused entry for not wearing a mask. 

She was captured on several videos posted on social media pushing tables out of the way and confronting gardaí while shouting at them.

In one video Cahill, who ran in last year's general election, can heard telling gardai "this is our country, this is democracy" when she was refused entry.

She yells at gardai "you're blocking my way" as she tries to barge through and push officers standing at the doors.

She demands of the officers "what have you got to hide" as one Garda asks her "would you like to come in" before Cahill asks him for his details which he gives to her.

Asked again if she'd like to abide by the rules and enter, the candidate says, "I don't have to answer to you...why are you not letting us in”.

In other footage she can be heard shouting, “Get out of my way please.”

She then points through the glass doors and exclaims: “He did not have a mask, look. That guy did not have a mask. Is there one rule for election candidates and one rule for everyone else?

"If people in there are not wearing masks then I’m not required to wear a mask," she adds. "Don't discriminate against me."

A total of 15 candidates from all the country’s major parties have put themselves forward for the by-election.

The winning candidate will represent the people of Dublin's Bay South area in the Dail taking former Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy's seat.

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In March, the UCD Professor resigned as chair of the Irish Freedom Party.

Her resignation as party chair comes after the students’ union at UCD - where Prof Cahill is a member of the university’s medical school faculty - called on college authorities to investigate Prof Cahill’s attendance at an anti-lockdown protest on St Patrick’s Day.

Prof Cahill spoke to protestors at the event in Herbert Park, Dublin, which she helped to organise.

Ms Cahill created the Facebook event page for the ‘Le Chéile Day’ protest in Herbert Park, which was promoted as being a demonstration highlighting mental health issues arising from the pandemic.

Several hundred people attended the protest, where Prof Cahill spoke to the crowd.

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