Seeking Leave To Appeal [Updated]


This afternoon.

The Quays, Dublin 1.

A heavy Garda presence monitoring an End the Lockdown protest in support of an appeal by Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters against lockdown measures.


This morning.

The Four Courts, Dublin.

Gemma O’Doherty carrying a copy of the Constitution of Ireland, and John Waters arrive to seek appeal to have their case against Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and the Attorney General to end Ireland’s lockdown measures heard before the courts.

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47 thoughts on “Seeking Leave To Appeal [Updated]

  1. ReproBertie

    She’s waving the constitution around in the photo but has she found the sections she believes the measures impact on yet? Last time she wanted the judges to tell her.

    She’s a total joke.

    1. Junkface

      That happened? I never heard about this. Gemma and John are Irelands Muppet Show, back for another season.

      1. ReproBertie

        Tributes have been paid to a Garda, who was subjected to a tirade of online abuse following a viral video posted by anti-mask campaigner Gemma O’Doherty.

        Garda Alan Leblique, who was stationed in Dún Laoghaire in Dublin but was originally from Enniskillen, died suddenly on Monday. His funeral is due to take place this Monday.

        Garda Leblique became the subject of intense online harassment after a confrontation with a conspiracy theorist last year. In the video, verbal abuse is levelled at Garda Leblique, with his ID number, F390, repeatedly mentioned, while he was doing his duty.

        In the two-minute video posted online, Garda Leblique can be seen calmly interacting with a conspiracy theorist as they call for him to report to the Garda Ombudsman as well as mentioning his number. The person continually berates Garda Leblique while he remains calm and collected throughout the incident.

    2. Karl

      Yeah, hey Broadsheet, any chance you can publish that story of the Garda taking his life? Or are you just to drenched in your own anti-lockdown cream to be bothered?

  2. Bitnboxy

    The Circus rolls into town, the chief clown of which brandishes what Marcus de Brun calls “an bunracht”.

    Give me strength.

    One can only hope that when this “appeal” inevitably fails, the state will pursue their costs for this utter waste of time and resources, likely via Judgment Mortgages on O’Doherty’s and Waters’ (admittedly modest) south Dublin homes.

  3. Barry the Hatchet

    Well this should be entertaining. I hope they publish the transcripts again to give us nerds a laugh.

    1. Bitnboxy

      Gemma has already regaled the court with the real cure for Covid-19! Spoiler: it’s not the vaccine…

  4. Bitnboxy

    “Barrister” – has O’Mahony ever practised law? She must have passed her exams (big swing) but nobody has ever known her to practice.

  5. thefatlad

    Broadsheet, please stop giving airtime to this utterly dangerous idiot. Its playing right into her hands and getting the attention she so desperately craves.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      It’s to distract from The Storm that failed to materialise during the Trump regime. Q a non-starter!!

  6. Chevy Chase

    Pity for the genuinely concerned anti-lockdown people that they are lumped in with these two absolute crackpots.

  7. Axelf

    No masks, no social distancing and no arrests

    Drew should be down there himself cuffing the gobshites and mentally unwell

  8. Kolmo

    The self-assured confidence of incoherent eejits.

    Genuine question – has anyone looked into the psychiatric state of people wrapped up in conspiracy cults? Is there a common thread? A decoupling from reality, a violent fixation on being right about something they are not qualified to offer an expert or scientific opinion it people having an episode grouping with others having the same existential meltdown? Genuinely curious.

    1. Bitnboxy

      O’Doherty and her walking tag-along corpse Waters are certainly still functional but I doubt one needs the requisite medical degree to realise something is seriously wrong. GOD is obviously more to be pitied than scorned and I cannot but think it won’t end well eventually. As for Waters, well he is like a cockroach and just when one thinks he is gone, out he will skuttle to feast on excrement of some sort or another. A survivor but in the worst way possible.

      1. goldenbrown

        I don’t pity her

        nor the zealot fuppwitt sidekick

        they’re nasty dangerous people, a pox on them both

      2. ReproBertie

        “GOD is obviously more to be pitied than scorned”
        I have no pity for someone who spends their time spreading hate.

        1. Bitnboxy

          I do understand this sentiment and you are not alone in this view of Gemma O’D. That hate of hers comes from a really bad place.

  9. Eddiem

    They are simply asking for the “science” to back this fascism up ? I expect it to be thrown out as there is NO Science behind it just dictats from the CCP via WHO. this disease has a recovery rate well into the 99.x% thats the states own figures , and note how all other malodies have simply vanished ??? hmmm but best not apply any maths or logic in this case i will prefer to hear what George Lee “science” expert or Louk O Neill “research” scientist have to say on the matter wha ? $$$$$$$

    I assume the above “informed” posters have taken the day off from reddit/journal and other echo chambers, as they busily tap away locked in their houses all their freedoms ,speech,movement bodily integrity handed over to the CCP /WHO / Big Pharma and the 1% without so much as a whimper, not only do they project abject cowardice but they will despise those with the gumption to stand up for themselves and demand they are crushed ha

    Surely if there was any Science to back up this rollout of facsim there would be NO reason for the 1% big tech etc to censor but of course , there isnt so there is (if ye get me)

    At least yez dont wear a tin foil hat like these lot folks eh !!
    Heaven forbid

    Oh wait i hear a loud banging on the door , oh looks like i wont be posting any more of this “disinformation” for quite a while ,,Is ok folks your ears are safe

    1. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

      They are simply asking for the “science” to back this fascism up ?

      any tips on what Articles in that blue book there that can be used

      It save loadsa time
      especially theirs and the Court’s
      plus the costs that are already against them
      Be handy for everyone
      In fairness

      1. Bitnboxy

        They are obviously betting on the state not pursuing them for costs and let’s face it, this appeal is doomed. No doubt they will not pay a penny on the basis of a costs order so I do hope the state goes for a judgment mortgage as both have properties.

        1. Bitnboxy

          They are obviously betting on the state not pursuing them for costs and let’s face it, this appeal is doomed. No doubt they will not pay a penny on the basis of a costs order so I do hope the state goes for a judgment mortgage as both have properties and this show has already cost the state taxpayers money. I see from VAT search .ie that GOD is registered for VAT? Why?!

          1. Oh...

            If you supply goods/services over a certain amount you have to register for VAT, you can do it as an individual if you don’t want to register a company.

            You’re personally liable with this approach though.

    2. Fergalito

      What about the 2,000 people in hospital?

      What about the death-rate in the UK, the US and elsewhere?
      93 of our fellow citizens died according to yesterday’s figures.

      What about the Science backing lockdowns up? A Cyclops with an eye-patch could see that the pre-Christmas loosing of restrictions is now resulting in record case numbers and record deaths.

      What have other illness got to do with anything? Have they vanished?

      Do you know what fascism is, ha!?

  10. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

    All that hoo haa for a trip into the Court Office to lodge papers

    ah would ye stop

    All those guards- what for?
    was there another hearing going on down there
    All that crowd pose as much a threat as Shelton Athletic lads after losing to Iveagh Celtic FC

    As for the other two
    Lay’ve them at it

  11. ReproBertie

    As expected, it’s conspiracy bingo!

    Ms O’Doherty said the Irish people and the economy were suffering as a result of draconian and unconstitutional measures brought in over an “alleged pandemic.” She asked if anyone actually knew somebody who had either died or caught Covid-19. She added that she was not happy to be asked, by Mr Justice Birmingham at outset of the hearing, to wear a mask in the courtroom. Ms O’Doherty said that masks did more harm than good, adding that they were a health risk and could cause illnesses including cancer. She also said more deaths were being caused by hospitals, which she has visited as part of her role as an investigative journalist, putting people onto ventilators in ICU units. She also questioned the use of methods such as social distancing, the accuracy of Covid-19 testing and the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, and if asymptomatic persons with Covid present a risk to others. Ms O’Doherty also questioned the accuracy of the official number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 claiming that person who died after “falling off a roof” was classified as deaths from the virus.

  12. Kate

    The original question posed on lock down was it constitunal , bearing in mind only 22 out of 166 newly elected TD’s passed hastily drawn up emergency legislation…..and a caretaker government at that. I see barrister Tracey o Mahoney is also challenging on fundamental freedoms. As for the tragic death of a member of An Garda -and suggesting o Doherty is partly responsible because of abuse he suffered on social media — it’s a very nasty allegation to make and those with such innuendos as every bit as bad as o Doherty is made out to be. Wait for facts rather than ugly speculation.

    1. ReproBertie

      Did you learn nothing from having the same type of post taken down yesterday?

      As I said in response yesterday, Garda Alan Leblique was subjected to a tirade of online abuse following a viral video posted by anti-mask campaigner Gemma O’Doherty. That’s a fact.

      1. Kate

        You should be tackling unregulated social media or a TD if it was awful abuse. I didn’t not see these posts , maybe the garda didn’t either , so wait for facts. Just because I disagree doesn’t make me an enemy , Bert.

        1. ReproBertie

          So you’re blaming social media for giving a platform to the people who inspired and posted the abuse and not the abusers themselves? Interesting take but I’ll stick with blaming those directly responsible for the abuse.

          That Garda Alan Leblique was subjected to a tirade of online abuse following a viral video posted by anti-mask campaigner Gemma O’Doherty is a fact.

        2. VAnon ™

          Kate you’re doing an awful lot of talking there
          that denies your real objective

          I’m not going toe to toe with any of your lot
          But I will say this
          I do think its a stretch to link a Garda taking his own life because of a video posted by a former election candidate, and all that comes with a video from the source

          And I speak with some experience of that same beheaviour, and in an era that many people will refer to as before the mask slipped

          However tis all a bit rich tbh, to be coming in here to suggest people
          Wait for facts rather than ugly speculation
          Telling a High Court Judge with no supporting exhibits to present that
          Masks cause cancer being an example within the last 24 hours alone

          That Barrister you named, while I’ve never had the pleasure nor ever crossed paths professionally,
          It would appear that the only progress and actions so far have been to raise funds, and make it into the Phoenix
          Any chance of an update on those legal proceedings promises so, since you know her by name n’all

          Ta, V

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