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Friday 19 September 2014

Aengus: 'I get hate mail. It goes right into the bin'

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

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RTE newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna said he doesn’t pay any heed to ‘vile rant’ letters he gets in the post. Cathal Burke

NEWSREADER Aengus Mac Grianna has spoken about receiving abusive and homophobic messages from members of the public.

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Mac Grianna, who will wed his long-term partner Terry Gill in June, said he considers hate mail one of the major downsides of being in the public eye.

"That's the nature of it and you do get odd things coming in from time to time," he said.

"Anything I've ever received has gone straight into the bin and been forgotten about immediately, so I don't pay any time to it and I move on."

It comes after the revelations that his newsroom colleague Sharon Ni Bheolain suffered a six-month ordeal at the hands of a stalker.

"Normally they're from people who are not very well – and you look at it and just say, 'Okay, this is a vile rant and they're not well', and leave it at that," Mac Grianna said.

He came out about his sexuality after leaving school.

"Homophobia has many levels to it. Wouldn't it be great, a society where you've never had to check yourself – and your energies are going into who you really are, rather than hiding who you really are?

Irish Independent

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