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Supporters of Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters outside the Four Courts

Supporters of Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters outside the Four Courts

Supporters of Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters outside the Four Courts

A number of supporters of anti-Covid restriction campaigners Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters protested outside the Four Courts today over not being permitted to attend an appeal hearing.

Their supporters gathered outside as numbers attending the proceedings has been limited due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Ms O'Doherty and Mr Waters have begun their appeal against the High Court's dismissal of their legal challenge against laws introduced by the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms O’Doherty said she hoped the Court of Appeal would respect the science in relation to an "alleged pandemic" and an "alleged virus".

Measures taken by the State to deal with it were not based on science but on conjecture they claim, adding that public health laws brought in by the State were unconstitutional and flawed.

The High Court dismissed their case earlier this year, as it found they had not put forward facts or expert opinion to support their case.

In his judgment last May refusing leave for judicial review, Mr Justice Charles Meenan said their claims were not arguable and they had not provided any expert evidence or facts to support their view the laws were disproportionate or unconstitutional.

The appeal, which is opposed by the State, is also against the awarding of costs of the hearing against them. It is being heard by the President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham, Ms Justice John Edwards and Ms Justice Caroline Costello.

Ms O'Doherty claimed State parties had embarked on a completely new path never tested before in medical and scientific history by locking down the 99% of the population who are healthy.

This was to deal with the "common cold" which, she claimed, is what Covid-19 is.

Ms O'Doherty also claimed that lockdowns, masks, social distancing, contact tracing or PCR testing were measures that were based on nothing more than conjecture.

Accusing the Government of "making up law on the hoof", John Waters compared Ireland's response to the World War II emergency to the current situation.

Court of Appeal President, Mr Justice George Birmingham, suggested he might be better advised to concentrate on the current situation and "leave the past to the past".

In his findings last May Mr Justice Meenan said the manner in which the Houses of the Oireachtas dealt with the laws, introduced by a caretaker government and voted on by an incoming Dáil and outgoing Seanad, was not something a court could interfere with.

The hearing of the appeal continues.

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