A warrant for the arrest of UCD professor Dolores Cahill has been issued in England due to ‘failure to answer bail’ for two charges connected to a rally held in Trafalgar Square on September 19, 2020, for a protest against virus restrictions and mass vaccinations.

The ‘Resist and Act for Freedom’ rally had led to the arrests of 32 people according to the London Metropolitan Police. Cahill is alleged to have been involved in the organisation of the protest and spoke at the event about the efficacy of vaccines while two police officers were injured in the clearing of the gathering.

Originally reported by Extra.ie, court records state that Dolores Cahill, a Full Professor of the UCD School of Medicine was charged with being involved in the holding of a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor public place on September 19, 2020, at Trafalgar Square.

The Irish Examiner reported that Cahill had said that ‘the coronavirus vaccine will “make people sick”’. The full speech Cahill gave in September 2020 is still available online. It is alleged this was contrary to the coronavirus regulations in place at the time; participating in or organising a gathering of more than six people in any place during the emergency period in England.

Cahill anti-lockdown protest
UCD Professor Delores Cahill sings at the Herbert Park Anti-Lockdown ‘gathering’. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green.

The case was scheduled to take part on the 20th of July, 2021, but was adjourned as her personal details were said to have changed, following her resignation as chair of the Irish Freedom Party. This case date was set after Cahill did not appear for a court summons on the 20th of June, 2021.

UCD confirmed on Twitter, that Professor Cahill had no ongoing “teaching commitments”

UCD confirmed on Twitter, that Professor Cahill had no ongoing “teaching commitments” during the most recent college term, January – May 2021. Cahill is not credited with any teaching or module coordination commitments for the upcoming college year on the UCD website.

Hugh Dooley – News Editor