A candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election clashed with Gardai outside the entrance to the RDS count centre this morning over her refusal to wear a mask inside.
Independent candidate Dolores Cahill was denied entry to the centre because she refused to wear a face mask – a requirement for everyone inside the RDS today as part of COVID-19 safety measures.
Cahill, who ran in last year’s general election, is heard telling Gardai “this is our country, this is democracy” as she was refused entry.
Video footage shows the candidate telling Gardai “you’re blocking my way” as she tries to barge through and push officers blocking the entrance.
She asked the officers “what have you got to hide” as she continued her efforts to get inside.
One Garda asks her “would you like to come in” before Cahill asks him for his details which he gives to her loud and clear.
Asking again if she’d like to abide by the rules and enter, the candidate says “I don’t have to answer to you…why are you not letting us in” before pushing past a table to another door which is quickly blocked off by Gardai.
The successful candidate will represent the people of Dublin Bay South in the Dail taking former Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy’s seat.
The Fine Gael councillor made the personal decision to pursue a career in international co-operation, human rights and democracy after serving as Minister for Housing from June 2017 until June 2020.
15 candidates from all the country’s major parties have put themselves forward for the by-election.
Here is a list of candidates standing in the election:
- Ivana Bacik (Labour)
- Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein)
- Claire Byrne (Green Party)
- Deirdre Conroy (Fianna Fail)
- Sarah Duncan (Social Democrats)
- James Geoghegan (Fine Gael)
- Bridgid Purcell (People Before Profit)
- Peter Dooley (Independent)
- Mannix Flynn (Independent)
- Justin Barrett (National Party)
- Mairead Toibin (Aontu)
- Jacqui Gilbourne (Renua)
- Colm O’Keefe (Independent)
- John Keigher (Independent)
- Dolores Cahill (Independent)