Linda Doyle condemns far-right, expresses pride in student response to city centre unrest

The provost praised students’ reaction to the riots on O’Connell Street

Provost Linda Doyle has condemned far-right violence following unrest in Dublin City and praised students’ response to the chaos.

Speaking to Trinity News as students gathered in the Graduates Memorial Building (GMB), Doyle said that the protests represent “a moment in time” for Ireland.

“This is a far-right thing,” she said. “This is a moment in time where we need to ensure democracy in Ireland isn’t threatened in any way.”

“It’s unbelievably shocking what’s happening. This is unacceptable in every way and just disgusting… violence has no place.”

House 6, the GMB, Kinsella Hall and the 1937 Reading Room remain open to students seeking safety overnight.

Members of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Unions (TCDSU), and the Phil and Hist are offering support to students in House 6 and the GMB.

Doyle called the student response “amazing”.

“I was just over in the students’ union and there were people helping there [as well as in] the GMB.”

“I think people feel fine. I just spoke to two people who had come through a kind of rough patch in town and they were a bit shaken, but it seems to me everyone’s helping each other.”

Unrest broke out across a number of locations in the city following a stabbing on Parnell Square East.

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Ellen Kenny

Ellen Kenny is the current Deputy Editor of Trinity News and a Senior Sophister student of Politics and Sociology. She previously served as Assistant Editor and Features Editor