Cork hotel says it will not be hosting Gemma O'Doherty event

Gemma O'Doherty
By Eoin English
Irish Examiner Reporter

The Imperial Hotel in Cork insists it will not be hosting a public meeting next week organised by failed presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty.

The hotel broke its silence on the issue after days of pressure and a flood of complaints from people opposed to the ideology of Ms O’Doherty’s Anti-Corruption Ireland party, which includes a pledge to end water fluoridation, uncontrolled immigration and the HPV vaccine.

An estimated 150 people attended the party’s first public meeting in Ashbourne, Co Meath last week.

It was due to hold rallies in the Imperial Hotel in Cork on Monday and in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry the following day.

The Maritime Hotel is said to have cancelled the Tuesday event.

But in its first official statement on the controversy, the Imperial Hotel said the event on Monday isn’t going ahead on its premises either.

In a statement to the Irish Examiner, it said: “The Imperial Hotel does not have a booking for the event in question on Monday, March 25. The event is not taking place in the hotel.”

It did not answer a range of other questions posed by this newspaper about the event, including Ms O’Doherty’s assertion that both events are going ahead as planned.

Speaking at the rally in Meath last week, Ms O’Doherty said she was incredibly encouraged by the turnout.

In a video posted on her YouTube channel last night she insisted that the two Cork meetings were going ahead as planned and she urged people from across Munster to attend.

“We have so much support from Cork, the rebel county, and this is what we need, we need to be rebels now because our rights and our laws are being abused every single day,” she said.

She also said she expects to arrange more public events in a bid to spread awareness about the party which she said she hopes will lead to ‘armies of people’ helping to prevent the spread of cultural Marxism in Ireland.

Ms O’Doherty has also been criticised online for comments about Fiona O’Leary, a leading pro-vaccine campaigner who lives in West Cork, and who was among a number of people who raised concerns about the Cork rallies.

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