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The group appeared to be targeting Trinity’s Prof Luke O’Neill

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Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College

Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College

Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College

Security has been stepped up at Trinity College after a group of protestors tried to gain access to the campus yesterday. 

According to The University Times, the group appeared to be targeting Trinity’s Prof Luke O’Neill, who has become a well-known public figure for his stance on the benefits of vaccines to counteract the coronavirus.

In an email statement to The University Times, Catherine O’Mahony, a Trinity media relations officer, said: “A group of around 30 protestors gathered outside the CRANN building on Pearse Street at around 4pm today and pushed their way into the Trinity College Dublin campus through the Science Gallery Gate for several minutes."

“They left when requested to do so by security personnel,” she added. “An enhanced security protocol has been put in place for the gate.”

The straight-talking academic Prof O'Neill has previously spoken out about the vile abuse he has received from by conspiracy theorists who targeted him on social media for his supposed part in a wider government-led plan “to take control of us”.

In an interview with Mature Living magazine, he said: “Oh God yeah, they come after me a lot. They’ve quietened down a bit lately because Covid is obviously not a conspiracy.

"But there are various people who would think that vaccines are bad, or it’s all made up by the government to take control of us, or that it’s all about big drug companies making loads of money.

“Certainly in the first four or five months of this, I would have got a fair bit of nastiness on Twitter and on email, but it just all goes to spam now, and I never see it.

“I was door-stopped by someone as I was coming out of Newstalk. This guy just put a camera in my face and accused me of being paid by drug companies.”

The professor also revealed how he was assaulted on Grafton Street.

“I went for a bit of a break at lunch, and a guy grabbed me by the collar, pulled me back and said, ‘Ah, you’re a pro-vaccine guy, how dare you! You’re threatening children,’ and all that sort of thing.”

Professor O’Neill constantly extols virtues of the vaccine programme, declaring: “The risk of you getting harmed by the virus far outweighs the risk of you being harmed by the vaccine, so you have to keep reminding yourself of that.

“Above all, try and be glass half-full in these troubled times, because that, too, will help your immune system.”

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