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Conor Anderson, President, UCD Students’ Union said;

‘Students are deeply concerned by the far-right anti-mask and anti-lockdown protests that took place in Dublin over the past weekend. These unsafe gatherings are putting the immuno-compromised, elderly, children, homeless people, front-line workers, and direct provision residents at even more risk than they already are. These gatherings promote anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-immigrant sentiments. Students are appalled by Una McGurk’s presence at the most recent protest. She is a member of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal, and therefore holds the power to deny asylum. Also present was UCD Professor of Medicine; Dolores Cahill, who has already received criticism from more than a hundred UCD medical students for her anti-science and anti-health views.’

Leighton Gray, Campaigns and Engagement Officer, UCD Students Union said;

‘We welcome Lord Mayor Hazel Chu in her writing to Minister O’Gorman and Minister McEntee to raise concerns over the conflict of interest evidenced by Una McGurk’s participation in these protests. We also welcomed UCD’s statements distancing itself from Dolores Cahill’s viewpoints. Every day we see more COVID-19 cases and more deaths. These numbers are not just statistics. They are people. They are lives put at risk and lives lost - disabled lives, queer lives, immigrant lives, Irish lives. Wearing a mask does not take away our rights but refusing to keep others safe takes away our humanity.'