Anti-vaccination activist Dolores Cahill no longer employed by UCD
Anti-vaccination campaigner Dolores Cahill is no longer employed by University College Dublin (UCD), according to college sources, and her contact details have been removed from the university’s online staff directory.
The university declined to comment on her status over the weekend, but sources from the college said they were told she was no longer employed as a staff member or lecturer.
Ms Cahill, who previously said she was seeking to withdraw from college, did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
The UCD has been criticized in the past for failing to take action against Ms Cahill for false and misleading claims she made about Covid-19 during the pandemic. Some members of the 40-member university governing body have also called for an investigation into his conduct.
However, UCD president Professor Andrew Deeks has previously defended the university’s actions by failing to censor Ms Cahill. He said the principle of academic freedom prevents the university from “treating academics less favorably because of their opinions.”
” Put in danger “
RuairÃ Power, president of the UCD Students’ Union, said Professor Cahill’s controversial comments had “significantly undermined the efforts of his UCD colleagues to control the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland” and were an “affront to the efforts of the frontline hospital and contact tracing staff.” , including the students we represent â.
Speaking at an anti-lockdown rally in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day, Ms Cahill claimed children who wore face masks would have lower IQs because their brains were ‘starved’ of oxygen.
She told the Herbert Park rally that the “globalists” had pushed for compulsory masks because “people deprived of oxygen are easy to handle.”
She had previously claimed that politicians and the media were using the pandemic “as a tool of scare propaganda to try to deprive people of their rights, to make them sicker and to force vaccinations on us.”
Ms. Cahill was a respected scholar in the field of proteomics, which is the large-scale study of proteins. She returned to work in Ireland in 2003 after a stint at the prestigious Max Planck Institute in Germany.
In recent years, she had taught a first year medical course at UCD called Science, Medicine and Society. However, she was moved from her speaking role last year.
In response to his comment on Covid-19, more than 130 students, mostly from UCD medical school, signed a letter saying the university’s failure to disavow Cahill’s statements had acted “like a silent approval âof his opinions.