Yes but in a democracy the fear in question should be not be of violence. Resistance in a democracy should take strictly legal forms.
"Democracy" is a meaningless word. Even North Korea calls itself a democracy.
The issue is whether a government respects the personal freedom and civil liberties of its citizens and respects the rule of law. If a government does not respect the rule of law, then the people will not do so either.
For the Irish government to suppress freedom of speech in these troubled times was not a good idea.