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Big Read: The Irish far right is on the rise

Extremists see in Covid-19 an opportunity to attract new supporters - with violent consequences, reports Ali Bracken

Bloodied and bashed, an image of LGBT campaigner Izzy Kamikaze being attacked for voicing her opposition to anti-face mask demonstrators last weekend in the capital went viral.

The gay rights activist was beaten around the head with a wooden pole draped in a tricolour by factions of the extremist far right. Suddenly, the general public and mainstream media sat up and paid attention. Even Taoiseach Micheál Martin felt compelled to criticise the violent scenes.

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