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Sunday 21 January 2018

Mother flies to America to lead women in protests

Eimhear O Dalaigh Picture: Arthur Carron
Eimhear O Dalaigh Picture: Arthur Carron

Alan O'Keeffe

A Dublin mother has travelled to Washington to act as a chief marshal in a protest march against president-elect Donald Trump.

Mother-of-three Eimhear O Dalaigh, who lives in Ballybough, Dublin, flew to the US yesterday to participate in the Women's March On Washington, which is expected to attract 200,000 demonstrators.

She wants to show solidarity with marchers protesting against the next US president's "demeaning" attitude towards women and minority groups.

"I volunteered to be a marshal. When the organisers learned I was deputy chief steward for the Dublin Pride parades each year, they made me a marshal captain in charge of 50 marshals," said Ms O Dalaigh (49).

Marchers in Washington will want to show future president Mr Trump and his administration that they won't take his actions "lying down", she said.

The views of some of the people he was appointing, regarding the rights of women, were also deplorable, she said.

She hopes there will be a big turn-out at an anti-Trump protest march in Dublin, starting at the Central Bank Plaza at 5pm today.

Irish Independent

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