Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Stone her to death' - Gardaí investigate death threat against Labour TD

Barry Lennon

Published 25/02/2016 | 12:05

Anne Ferris
Anne Ferris

Gardai are investigating a threat against Labour TD Anne Ferris which suggested she should “be stoned to death.”

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The Wicklow politician contacted authorities after a Facebook user posted the following message online, “We stone that c*** to death the dirty s***.”

Ms Ferris said she was afraid to receive the abuse, saying that the message amounted to “incitement to hatred.”

“The person themselves may not act but it could encourage others to throw a brick through my window or worse,” she said. 

“Do people realise the hurt that this causes? My family are very upset about this. My husband wanted to knock the guy’s head off.

 “I’ve had protests outside the office but this is another level. You have to ask, ‘would a male candidate get this kind of abuse?’” 

Ms Ferris is the second out-going Government TD to receive a death threat this week after Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty was told “her throat would be slit.”

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