An anti-lockdown protest rally in Cork has heard calls for every town and village in the country to hold similar protests every Monday.

The crowd of up to 300 people who took part in the 'Parade for Peace' event, were also urged not to pay any Covid-19 fines if they receive them. 

Protesters gathered at the National Monument on the Grand Parade this afternoon before marching down Patrick Street chanting 'End the Lockdown'.

A rally was addressed by a number of speakers and musicians, among them former Cork County Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla.

In his speech, Mr Ó Cadhla was critical of the virus restrictions, and the Government vaccination policy as well as big pharma and restrictions on places of worship.

He urged people in every town and village across the country to hold a 'Monday March'.

"Let's make it a tradition," he said.

A Garda presence of up to 70 officers, including 30 uniformed gardaí and members of the mounted bike unit, observed the proceedings which passed off without incident.

Gardaí said they spoke to 12 people in connection with organising and participating in the 'Parade for Peace' rally.  

A file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.