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'Appalled' Family slam Gemma O'Doherty for using daughter's image to push anti-vax campaign

The reference on her website to ‘cover up’ is so removed from the reality. All of Katie’s family has been vaccinated and see no connection to the Covid vaccine in her tragic passing.”

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Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

Another family has come forward to say they were “appalled” their late daughter’s image was being used by those pushing an anti-vaccine agenda. 

Katie Halley was just 33 when she passed away in June of this year. In a statement issued to RTE’s Liveline, her father Pat said there was no connection between her death and the vaccine.

“Suffice to say I was absolutely appalled to see that Gemma O’Doherty was using the death of my daughter Katie to promote her own agenda on her website,” he said.

“The reference on her website to ‘cover up’ is so removed from the reality. All of Katie’s family has been vaccinated and see no connection to the Covid vaccine in her tragic passing.”

He came forward just one day after another woman slammed anti-vaccination groups for falsely linking the vaccine to the death of her sister.

Nicole Cahill (22), from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford died in March. Since then, her image has been used by far-right anti-vax groups falsely claiming that she died because she received the Covid-19 vaccination.

Nicole’s sister, Deb, has been debunking those claims online and told Joe Duffy yesterday of her family’s pain at the falsehoods.

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Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

“Nicole should be remembered for the bubbly person she was, but instead her face is splashed across social media in an anti-vaccine campaign,” she said.

“At the end of the day, with all that the world is going through, why would you put a family through this? Nicole did not die from a Covid vaccine. We as a family don’t want her photo posted everywhere.

“Anyone that wants to degrade her memory is sick and shouldn’t be doing it. All we’re asking for is a bit of respect. They’re degrading her memory and that just doesn’t sit right with me.

“At the end of the day, Nicole passed away and we have to grieve her loss. She didn’t die from the vaccine. Leave the girl to rest in peace and be remembered in the way we want her to be remembered.”

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