Rights group wants protests to be permitted under Covid-19 laws

Irish Council for Civil Liberties has called on the Government to review restrictions

Debenhams workers gathered to protest outside the store on Henry Street, Dublin on Tuesday but were asked to move on by Gardaí. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Debenhams workers gathered to protest outside the store on Henry Street, Dublin on Tuesday but were asked to move on by Gardaí. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government should review the decision to exclude protest from the list of reasonable excuses to leave home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

The call comes after a number of protests were dispersed in recent days. Gardaí on Henry Street in Dublin directed a small group of former Debenhams workers to move on after they had gathered for a protest against their treatment by the company on Tuesday.

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