Activists say gardaí should not have taken the details of those who attended a protest in Dublin today to mark the killing of Sarah Everard.
Attendees could now face fines due to rules prohibiting non-essential travel.
Several dozen attendees were protesting against gender-based violence, in the wake of the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in London.
Those attending today's demonstration by the Spire on O'Connell Street attempted to stay two-metres apart, and all wore face masks.
However, gardaí still took details of those who attended due to restrictions around non-essential travel.
At the Dublin demonstration marking the killing of Sarah Everard.
A few dozen protestors here. Almost as many gards + media.
Gardai taking details of attendees, who could now be fined for breaches of non-essential travel. pic.twitter.com/5eHJ7hcmLF
— Paul O'Donoghue (@paulodonoghue93) March 16, 2021
Emma Quinn is an activist with ROSA, the feminist group which organised the demonstration today.
She said: "They're saying it's not essential, basically - we think it is essential.
"We think every aspect of women's lives are impacted by gender violence - on the street, in your workplace, in school, in healthcare.
"Women's health and lives are at risk - why is that not essential?"
Former TD Ruth Coppinger, who helped organise today's event, also said gardaí didn't need to take details of the demonstrators.
She said: "We have the street marked out - this is one of the widest streets in the country.
"People are wearing facial coverings and social distancing. People are obviously being extremely safe - it's not a huge protest, and it's for a limited duration.
"Gardaí really should have better things to be doing."
The Dublin gathering was the first in a series of planned “Reclaim the Streets” demonstrations by ROSA.
Further protests are due to be held in Cork, Limerick and Galway on Thursday.