Junior Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has condemned the anti-semitic posters on a rural bridge as “racist, ignorant and offensive”.
A number of anti-semitic posters were recently attached to the Sugar Hill bridge in west Limerick, near Barnagh.
One of them specifically mentioned Justice Minister Alan Shatter – who is the only Jewish TD in the Dail - with the message: “Shatter has learned from his homeland how to crucify the little people.” Another poster said: “Jewish influence in our dictatorship has brought Palestinian devastation to Ireland.”
Ms O’Sullivan, who represents Limerick city, said the anti-semitic posters were completely unacceptable.
“Robust political debate is part and parcel of the democratic process, but these posters are far beyond that – they are racist, ignorant and offensive and whoever is behind this should stop and also be made to face the consequences of their actions,” she said.
Some of the most offensive posters on the bridge have been removed after complaints were made about them in Limerick.
Mr Shatter himself has said that the message on the posers was not simply offensive to him but to all Jewish people living in the country. He has also said that the posters in Limerick illustrated the problem of hate crime in the EU – which is the subject of a meeting he is attending today in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.