UCD professor Dolores Cahill provided an invalid Dublin address to British police, who are now seeking her arrest to answer charges over attending an illegal anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square last year.
An arrest warrant was issued last month by a London court for the anti-vaccine and anti-mask academic. The warrant was sent to the former Dublin office of far-right group the Irish Freedom Party, to which the academic was previously aligned.
However, the group was no longer based at the address Prof Cahill provided last September.
The warrant for her arrest was issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 10 for failure to answer bail in relation to the charges.
They allege Cahill attended a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor space during an emergency period. Three dozen people were arrested at the rally.
The address she provided was Kandoy House, Fairview Strand, Dublin 3. Westminster Magistrates’ Court confirmed it sent the arrest warrant there.
Prof Cahill was previously chairperson of the Irish Freedom Party. However, she was asked to resign in March because of concerns over some of her controversial views.
The group distanced itself further from her when contacted last week.
“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 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.”
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.
She made an appearance last month outside the Dublin Bay South by-election count centre in the RDS, where she was denied entry as she would not wear a face mask.
She had run unsuccessfully as an independent candidate.
Prof Cahill declined to comment when contacted.