PROTESTERS HAVE GATHERED outside Leinster House in response to the “growing threat to civil liberties” posed by increases in hate crime and hate speech in Ireland.

Over 200 people turned out for the Solidarity Alliance against Racism and Fascism’s (SARF) rally for peace to encourage a more inclusive Ireland. 

Some 60 protesters have also shown up to counter the rally, something SARF spokesperson Yvonne O’Callaghan is not surprised happened. 

“We knew there might be a counter-protest. We knew that they’ve been protesting for a while outside Leinster House but that doesn’t negate the fact that we can also occupy the space to talk about the positive change,” she told 

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