demonstration in opposition to lockdown restrictions in Eire has handed off peacefully.
There was a heavy police presence and a few outlets boarded up their home windows as an estimated crowd of a number of hundred gathered on Patrick Road.
Public gatherings are at present banned beneath the coronavirus laws.
Checkpoints had been carried out by Garda on routes to Cork, and organisers have claimed that some who had been planning to attend the demonstration had been turned again.
There had been pleas to name off the occasion, together with by the town’s Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh and authorities minister Simon Coveney.
Demonstration organisers the Individuals’s Conference mentioned it could be a “peaceable meeting”.
Speeches had been heard by members carrying banners, a few of which learn “Inform the Fact” and “Freedom Not Tyranny”.
It ended with the singing of the Nationwide Anthem.
Final weekend in Dublin, there have been chaotic scenes at an anti lockdown protest, and 23 arrests had been made in addition to three Garda officers injured.
Earlier, Irish Premier Micheal Martin hailed the coronavirus vaccine rollout after the variety of doses administered hit the half 1,000,000 milestone.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Taoiseach mentioned he had been impressed by latest visits to vaccination centres the place hundreds of frontline healthcare employees had been receiving the inoculation.
He mentioned the Authorities and the HSE are doing every part they’ll to safe provides and to present vaccines to individuals as rapidly as attainable.
The primary coronavirus vaccine in Eire was was given to Dublin pensioner Annie Lynch 63 days in the past.
“Subsequent week we’ll start to vaccinate these with underlying well being circumstances in addition to persevering with to vaccinate the over-70s and healthcare employees,” Mr Martin mentioned.
The Taoiseach mentioned the vaccines are decreasing the influence of the virus, including: “This may be seen within the decreased ranges of an infection in our nursing properties and amongst our frontline healthcare employees.
“This brings hope, together with the continued fall in Covid numbers, due to the sacrifices you’ve got been making.
“The 14-day incidence stage fell beneath 200 this week for the primary time since Christmas.
“Whereas our well being companies are nonetheless beneath strain, the variety of sufferers in our hospitals and ICUs is decreasing considerably.”
Nevertheless, he added a be aware of warning, warning that variants of the virus imply individuals shouldn’t chill out in observing restrictions.
On Saturday the variety of sufferers with Covid-19 dropped to 99, with the variety of instances in hospital at 401.
Paul Reid, chief government of the HSE, described it as a “nice signal”.
On Friday, one additional dying with the virus and 522 new instances had been notified within the Republic of Eire