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blown away Woman who criticised use of late sister’s image to push anti-vax agenda thanks public for support

'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'

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Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

A woman who spoke out about her late sister’s image being used to push an anti-vaccine agenda has thanked the public for their support.

Deb Cahill, from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, spoke to Joe Duffy on Liveline on Tuesday about her sister Nicole (22), who died in March this year. 

Since her death, Nicole’s image has been used by far-right anti-vax groups falsely claiming that she died because she received the Covid-19 vaccination.

Deb has been fighting these groups and debunking their claims online, and said that she is fed up of these “sick people” who are degrading her sister’s memory.

“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 on air.

“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.

Deb then asked listeners to report any anti-vax posts using Nicole’s photos and to “think of the family.”

“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.”

Now, Deb has thanked listeners for their support after sharing her story and said that she is “blown away” by the kind messages she has received.

In a tweet, she wrote: “I am absolutely blown away by all the support I have received from so many kind people since being on @joeliveline.

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“To all the amazing people that have sent messages of support, I appreciate it so much #nicolecahill will be remembered for her beautiful bubbly self.”

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