Protests over Covid restrictions take place in Dublin and Belfast

Protests over Covid restrictions take place in Dublin and Belfast

PROTESTS have taken place in Belfast and Dublin in opposition to Covid restrictions.

In Dublin, around 2,000 people marched from Custom House Quay to Government Buildings.

The protest follows legislation passed last week that will allow only those with Covid passes to dine indoors.

Protestors chanted “freedom” and waved flags and placards opposing Covid restrictions and vaccines.

Figures from the Irish Department of Health this afternoon show that there were 1,345 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

There were also 105 Covid patients in hospital, with 21 of those in intensive care.

Meanwhile in Belfast, hundreds of people marched from City Hall to Botanic Gardens.

The Freedom March – one of several taking place around the world today including in France, Italy and Australia – saw protestors wave placards condemning mask-wearing, Covid passports and vaccines.

PSNI Superintendent Nigel Henry said officers had engaged with protestors and organisers to ensure the safety of those present.

“Police will continue to monitor the situation this afternoon,” he added.

“We will review footage gathered and consider any suspected breaches of the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998.”

The protest comes as one death and 1,520 new cases were reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.