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Dolores Cahill departs UCD following Covid and anti-mask claims


Dolores Cahill at an anti-lockdown rally in Dublin. Picture by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dolores Cahill at an anti-lockdown rally in Dublin. Picture by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dolores Cahill at an anti-lockdown rally in Dublin. Picture by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Controversial academic Dolores Cahill has had her employment terminated by University College Dublin (UCD), five months after she applied to retire.

A spokeswoman for UCD declined to comment when contacted, but a source confirmed she has left. Dr Cahill’s profile has now been removed from the university’s website.

On departing from her job, she also relinquishes her professor title and officially becomes a doctor.

It is understood the university carried out internal investigations into her public conduct and received numerous complaints from students and members of the public over her unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19.

Dr Cahill, who taught a first-year class titled Science, Medicine and Society, was contacted for comment.

The anti-mask and anti-vaccine campaigner previously told this newspaper she was seeking to retire from UCD, saying: “In April 2021, I submitted my Notice of Retirement to Andrew Deeks, acting as President of University College Dublin.”

She is being sought for arrest in the UK to answer charges over attending an illegal anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square, London, last year.

Dr Cahill was previously chairperson of the Irish Freedom Party but was asked to resign last March due to her controversial views.

The group has since distanced itself further from her.

The academic has made a number of unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19, including that children who wore face masks were being starved of oxygen and would have a lower IQ.

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Dr Cahill has previously said politicians and the media were using the pandemic “as a fear-mongering propaganda tool to try and take away rights from people and to make them more sick and to force vaccinations on us”.

She made an appearance outside the Dublin Bay South by-election count centre in the RDS in July, but was denied entry as she would not wear a face mask. In a video, she was seen verbally abusing gardaí.

Dr Cahill previously told the Sunday Independent she had expressed an interest in retiring from UCD.

“Since 2005, I am full professor in UCD School of Medicine. I, like many other whistleblowers, have experienced irregularities in my workplace, and in the administration of my pension, since I applied to retire in October 2017,” she said in July.

The Sunday Independent reported last month that she had given an invalid Dublin address to British police.

A warrant was issued in August by a London court and sent to the former Dublin office of the Irish Freedom Party

However, the group was no longer based at the address.

The warrant for her arrest was issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 10 for failure to answer bail in relation to the charges. 

“Professor Dolores Cahill was not representing the Irish Freedom Party when she attended a rally held in Trafalgar Square on September 19, 2020,” a spokesperson for the party said.

“She did not ask if she could use the Irish Freedom Party office address — Kandoy House, Fairview Strand, Dublin 3.

"But this was not the office address in September 2020, as we had taken another office in Ballsbridge in June 2020.”

Last year, more than 130 students, mostly from the UCD School of Medicine, signed a letter saying the failure of the university to disavow Dr Cahill’s statements had acted “as a silent endorsement” of her views.

The school has previously disassociated itself from her views, which it said “do not reflect the position of the school, college, institute or university”.

The article was edited on September 19

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