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Calls for new laws that tackle protesting outside politician’s homes

There have been calls for new laws to be introduced in an attempt to tackle protesting outside the homes of politicians.

This follows recent demonstrations outside the homes of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

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One TD had described the protests as being illegitimate and were done with the purpose of intimidation and added that new legislation should be introduced to stop them from happening.

The protests, predominantly consisting of anti-vaccination campaigners, demonstrated outside Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s home on two separate occasions, with the same group protesting outside Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s home over the weekend.

The organisers of the protests have pledged to stage the same demonstrations outside the houses of every Irish politician to prevent them from leaving their homes.

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One of the campaigners stated that these protests would happen on a weekly basis and would also target senior gardaí.

Social Democrats co-leader and spokesperson on justice Catherine Murphy stated that the government should analyse if current existing legislation can be used to stop such demonstrations and if not, new measures should be considered.

Although defending the right to protest, Murphy told The Journal, “But I think when somebody’s family home is targeted and there are people living in that home who are not public representatives who are equally targeted it is unacceptable. That isn’t a protest, it’s intimidation and I think we need to separate these things.”

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