Up to 370 people took part in a lockdown protest rally in Cork city centre this afternoon.

The rally, addressed by a succession of speakers strongly critical of the Government response to Covid-19, the vaccination programme and vaccine passports, passed off without incident.

It was the third such rally in the city since the beginning of March when a crowd of around 700 attended.

There was a strong garda presence with upwards of 30 uniformed gardaí on duty, as well as mobile and bike units.

Chanting 'No To Vaccine Passports' and 'End The Lockdown', the protesters - who were not wearing masks - marched through the city centre to Patrick Street where they were addressed by a number of speakers including Professor Dolores Cahill and former county councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla.

The rally lasted two hours.

A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the organisers of the event and breaches of public health legislation.