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Labour senator and Euro candidate receives vicious comment threatening to 'murder her in the face with a hacksaw'

Published 27/05/2014 | 11:26

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Labour senator Lorraine Higgins said she is 'going all the way' in her complaint to the gardai after she received a death threat through one of her social media pages on the day of the local and European elections.

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The senator, who ran as a Euro candidate for the Midlands North West constituency but failed to win a seat, was told that she would be slashed in the face as a way of murdering her.

The vicious comment was left on the senator’s official Facebook page, which declares Higgins as a candidate in the recent elections.

“She’s a whore that needs to shut her filthy g** mouth, scummy b*tch cow, I’ll f***in’ murder her in the face with a hack-saw SWEAR DOWN BLOOD [sic],” part of the Facebook post read.

A hashtag ‘ThugLifeChoseMe’’ concluded the comment.

The comment was followed up within 50 minutes by a concerned member of the public who wrote; “I’m not a Labour voter but the writer of this obnoxious death threat should be reported to the police.

“It’s a crime,” they added.

Senator Higgins told independent.ie she has met with the gardai and is in the process of formalising a statement.

"I’m going all the way with this," she told independent.ie

"It is regrettable and if they think that’s going to deter me, it has just made me all the more determined to continue my work as senator and run in future elections."

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The death threat was left on Senator Higgins' Facebook page.

Lorraine Higgins said she had been subjected to horrendous abuse on Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks following an appearance on RTÉ's Prime Time. She said the comment came after several weeks of unpleasant target messages from an individual.

"It was a post after a sustained effort to derail the campaign with vile comments," Senator Higgins told independent.ie.

"t was very difficult for me personally and for members of my family and campaign team too.

"I think it is cowardly – these individuals have never sought a meeting with me but will say these things from behind a keyboard."

"I do feel it is directed towards women moreso, I haven’t seen comments of a similar nature on any of my male colleague’s Facebook pages," she continued. 

"It is important that this behaviour is clamped down on and stopped, it could stop some really good people running in elections in the future."

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