The violence witnessed at the anti-lockdown protest in Dublin at the weekend was described as totally unacceptable by Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.
Commenting on the matter, he said: “There is no way to justify the violence or the protest which took place in Dublin at the weekend.
“So many sacrifices have been made over the past 12 months to get to this point. Frontline workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
“Such a large gathering was disrespectful to all the nurses and doctors who have battled so hard to combat the virus in patients, as well as to the rest of the population who have adhered to the restrictions.
“And to see the violence breaking out was totally unacceptable, particularly the footage of the fireworks being discharged at members of An Garda Siochana.
“These officers are ordinary people who have families to go home to at the end of the day.
“Violence of any kind must never be condoned.
“While I have made calls for restrictions to be eased to allow certain sectors to get back to work, it is on the premise that all of the relevant social distancing recommendations are followed,” Fitzmaurice concluded.
For further information contact Michael Fitzmaurice at 086-1914565