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Vax off Handful of protestors march outside Castlerea Prison after anti-vaxxer Andy Heasman held

'If my kids see this, I love yiz loads and I'll see youse all soon. Stay strong, keep the faith and don't compromise for nobody, Erin go bragh'

Calls for a “peaceful assembly” outside Castlerea Prison where the prominent anti-vaccination campaigner Andy Heasman was held yesterday after his arrest garnered support from only a handful of people. 

Mr Heasman was arrested yesterday afternoon by gardai who arrived at his house in Knock, Co Mayo on the back of a warrant issued from a sentencing at Castlebar Circuit Court in October of this year.


Andy Heasman

Andy Heasman

Andy Heasman

Mr Heasman is a vocal opponent of the vaccine programme and an outspoken critic of the wearing of masks.

In December of last year he was sentenced to two months in prison for refusing to wear a face mask correctly on a public bus.

And in November 2020, Mr Heasman (41), with an address at Carrowmore, Knock, Co Mayo, appeared in court charged with public order offences in Dublin.

He was charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

He was also charged with refusing to give gardai his name and address.

He pleaded not guilty and had his case adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Yesterday a video apparently showing Mr Heasman being arrested at this home in Knock was circulated online alongside calls for a protest outside the prison in Castlerea where he was later taken.

In the video, a man who does not identify himself, records from inside a house as gardai attempt to serve a warrant for an arrest.

A man’s voice shouts through a window at gardai, “I’d like to see the warrant. I’m supposed to be in court today.”

He then speaks to some other person in the room, “So, they’re here to arrest me.”

As a Garda holds up a piece of paper at the glass door, the man says, “that name is not my name. That is registered..Listen, I have papers here from the courts. I’ve been in contact with the courts. I’d like you to read these papers.

“I've been in contact with the courts,” he repeats, “come here, you're breaking the law here because I've been in contact with the courts.

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“This is unlawful. That’s not my name, that is registered to a state in the Vatican City, and you have to serve them with it.”

He then states: “I’m supposed to be in court in Galway right now,” adding, “what Garda station are you bringing me to? You’re bringing me to Castlerea?"

He then adds: “I'm coming out, give me a few minutes, right, give me a few minutes.”

He then records himself saying, "they are unlawfully arresting me, please like and share this around and activate a campaign that they’re unlawfully arresting me.

“These guards are from Claremorris so I'm going to walk out here now. So like and share this everywhere please. Okay, come here I'm gonna walk out the back, you lock up the back door after me right,” he says to the other person in the room.

"Alright guys I have to go now, please share this everywhere,” he records himself saying. “I just wanna say, if my kids see this, I love yiz loads and I'll see youse all soon. Stay strong, keep the faith and don't compromise for nobody, Erin go bragh.”

On his Facebook page, Mr Heasman describes himself as an “Irish Patriot, fighting and exposing tyranny and the one world order has been my mission the past 5 years".

In several Facebook posts supporting Mr Heasman, one person has written, “First Margaret Buttimer now Andy Heasman is taken to prison in Castlerea today. Another political prisoner of this out-of-control government, un-judicial and police state.

“Peaceful assembly in Castlerea today at 4pm for Andy. When they pick us off one by one, they attack the constitution and us all.”

Another adds under the video: “Andy Heasman has been arrested and detained, please share and show support for Andy a true patriot and good man.”

However, it is understood that only a few people showed up for the "protest".

Gardai said they arrested a man in his 40s on foot of a committal warrant in Co Mayo yesterday morning and brought him to Castlerea Prison.

“A committal warrant was issued arising from a sentencing at Castlebar Circuit Court on Thursday, 28th October, 2021,” gardai added.

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