The Foreign Affairs Minister says social media companies need to do more to tackle Covid-19 conspiracy theories.

Simon Coveney was responding to this weekend’s violent demonstrations in Dublin.

He described the scenes as thuggery.

Rank and file Gardaí have called on the government to vaccinate them earlier in the wake of the protest

There are concerns further far-right protests are being planned for St Patrick’s Day.

Some Facebook pages which help to spread misinformation have grown in membership by 90 percent since the summer.

Minister Coveney says social media sites need to take responsibility for spreading conspiracy theories.

Footage from the violent demonstration in Dublin was circulated on social media over the weekend.