A far-left organisation, referring to itself as AntiFa Ireland, has announced its intentions to protest former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage’s planned speech at Trinity College Dublin this Friday (2 February).
Farage is scheduled to appear before the College Historical Society (The Hist) after his initial invitation was rescinded three months ago.
He was scheduled to receive the society’s Gold medal, which is awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse’. However, this plan was revoked after the news sparked controversy, before the decision was subsequently reversed and rescheduled for 2 February.
The event, which is titled ‘Anglo-Irish Relations and the Future of the EU’, is to be chaired by Pat Leahy, Political Editor at the Irish Times.
On 30 January, members of AntiFa expressed their intentions to protest, telling JOE: “Mr. Farage is no ordinary speaker, his record of stoking racial tensions in the U goes beyond objectionable speech, and we hope to highlight that this sort of thing doesn’t fly in Ireland, let alone in our universities. The man is simply the modern day Enoch Powell [MP for the Conservative and Ulster Unionist Party] or Oswald Mosley [Leader of the British Union of Fascists].”