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Covid protest Over 300 people attend demonstration in Dublin against public health restrictions

Chanting slogans 'No More Lockdown' and 'Enough Is Enough', they marched from the GPO in O'Connell Street to Government Buildings in Merrion Street


More than 300 people demonstrating against public health restrictions marched through the centre of Dublin today.

Chanting slogans 'No More Lockdown' and 'Enough Is Enough', they marched from the GPO in O'Connell Street to Government Buildings in Merrion Street.

Speakers addressed the gathering at the beginning and end of the demonstation with calls to resist the introduction of a 'Covid Pass' for indoor dining or international travel.

The peaceful demonstration was organised by two Dublin mothers who invited support on social media.

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Protesters in Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

Protesters in Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

Protesters in Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

 

One organiser, a 38-year-old mother of three, said there should be no discrimination against people who choose not to take a Covid vaccine.  She said she would be able to join her family indoors in a public restaurant to celebrate her birthday if a vaccine pass is introduced by the Governent.

A 36-year-old mother of two who addressed the crowd with a megaphone at the GPO criticised the existence of NPHET as an unelected body that was usurping the role of Government.

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Dublin protesters. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Dublin protesters. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Dublin protesters. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

She said a two-tier society of the vaccinated and unvaccinated was being created and people were suffering "medical apartheid."

Placards and tricolours were carried by some of the demonstrations with calls to disband NPHET and slogans 'Hey Tony, Leave Our Kids Alone.'

Two sisters Rosanna and Megan Barr told Independent.ie\Sunday Independent they travelled from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, for today's 'Enough is Enough' demonstration.

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Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

Photo: Sam Boal/ RollingNews.ie

 

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Mother-of-four Rosanna (35) said the Covid situation cost her her job with a company that organised hen parties.  She said people who did not accept the official approach to Covid were having their views suppressed.

Her sister Megan, a 30 year old mother of one, said: "There is no wayI would take the vaccine.  I am young and healthy and I believe I have a 99 percent chance of surviving if I get Covid but I do not want to risk suffering side effects from a vaccine.

They travelled to Dublin with their friend Meath (34) who claimed the population was being "bullied" by the Government.  She said the Government was failing to give the public sufficient information on ways to boost their immune systems.  She criticised the media for being "one sided."

Following a march and more speeches outside Government buildings, the people dispersed peacefully.

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