The Mayor of Galway City has appealed for a vigil in memory of George Floyd, planned for Eyre Square this weekend, to be postponed in light of Covid-19.
Councillor Mike Cubbard says racial discrimination and prejudice are not welcome in any form, and he has taken part himself in anti-racism demonstrations in the city in the past.
However, he feels a large gathering, such as that planned for Saturday, would seriously hamper the progress made in fighting the coronavirus, and has urged that the rally be postponed until the health officials here deem it safe to gather in large numbers.
He says that, while the best intentions of organisers will be to social distance, there's no way to tell what number of people will show, or no guarantee they will wear face masks.
Instead, the Mayor has suggested that people light a candle in their homes at 9.25pm on Saturday night -which is the time George Floyd was pronounced dead in hospital.