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Gemma O’Doherty claims case for COVID-19 restrictions based on "fraudulent science"

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters claim the case made for introducing restrictions to stop the sp...
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19.57 5 May 2020


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Gemma O’Doherty claims case for COVID-19 restrictions based on "fraudulent science"

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19.57 5 May 2020


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Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters claim the case made for introducing restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 is based on "fraudulent science".

The pair are appealing to the High Court to grant them a judicial review of the measures, as part of their attempt to have the emergency legislation quashed.

Supporters of Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters gathered outside the Four Courts earlier as the pair addressed them ahead of their hearing.

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Once again, streets were cordoned off and there was a large Garda presence.

The numbers allowed into the small courtroom were also restricted.

Gemma O’Doherty Derek O ‘Shaughnessy from Blackrock in Dublin joins supporters of Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

They are seeking permission to bring a judicial review of the emergency laws introduced to combat COVID-19.

In opening their case, Mr Waters said Irish citizens were under house arrest, and the restrictions were repugnant to people’s constitutional rights.

Both raised question marks over death rates, and Ms O’Doherty claimed the lockdown was based on "fraudulent science".

She also said it was harming people by denying them their right to sunlight and Vitamin D, and accused Gardaí of harassing people on the streets.

Mr Waters claimed the restriction of our movement was unprecedented in our history, and argued the response to the outbreak was disproportionate.

The hearing will resume on Wednesday morning.

Reporting by: Frank Greaney

Main image: John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty leaving the Four Courts where they are High Court action challenging the State over the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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