Protest planned in Cork against 'Draconian' restrictions

Protest planned in Cork against 'Draconian' restrictions

A PROTEST against Covid-19 restrictions will take place in Macroom on Saturday afternoon.

The event is organised by local woman Elaine O'Shea and will take place at the gates of the castle in the town square at 1pm.

The theme of the event is Macroom's Time for Change.

She said she is taking the advice of Glen Miller of the Yellow Vests Ireland movement, by "trying to gather a few people to bring awareness to the Draconian laws being introduced."

She said she has gathered five to seven people to take part in the protest with her.

They will have the tricolour flag, and banners.

She insisted that the gathering will be peaceful and will not be anti-mask.

She elaborated: "Social distancing will be optional, and people with masks will be as welcome as those without masks. It's an anti-corruption get together."

She said people's mental health is suffering, while people suffering other conditions apart from Covid-19 are having their healthcare affected because of restrictions imposed to contain the virus.

She added that she knows one person who has not left their home since March in fear of contracting the virus.

She said she is not denying the existence of Covid-19 but believes that herd immunity should be the route followed by Ireland. She criticized the government's decision to wait for four months before making the wearing of masks mandatory.

She continued: "People's mental health is suffering. What about all the suicides in Ireland? There is a virus but there are lots of other illnesses out there too."

The protest is organised as another gathering is planned for Dublin for Saturday to protest against public health restrictions.

They are being organised as the country adjusts to the imposition of level 3 restrictions announced on Monday night by the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin. The restrictions will be in place for the next three weeks.

The move to level 3 came after the National Public Health Emergency Team, under the Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan recommended upgrading restrictions to level 5.

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has defended the government's decision to go against NPHET's recommendation.

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