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Friday 19 September 2014

Candidate faces abuse online after TV debate

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 20/05/2014 | 02:30

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Lorraine Higgins said it is clear Sinn Fein has major questions to answer
Lorraine Higgins pictured in Castleblaney. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Lorraine Higgins pictured in Castleblaney. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A LABOUR European election candidate has been subjected to a flurry of online abuse after she took part in an RTE debate on Sunday night.

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Senator Lorraine Higgins was branded a "c***" by a number of social network users, while one individual said he wished she had been "aborted".

Ms Higgins still has an outside chance of securing the final seat in Midlands-North-West constituency. But after taking part in the debate, she received several messages containing abuse on Twitter and Facebook.

Ms Higgins told the Irish Independent last night that such abuse is preventing other women from entering politics.

"Despite all the positivity out on the campaign trail, this really is indicative of the nasty side of politics," she said.

"Is it any wonder women would think twice about entering politics if this is the kind of abuse you leave yourself open to?"

The messages were posted on Ms Higgins's Facebook and Twitter pages following the RTE 'Prime Time' debate. The majority of the messages are far too vile for publication.

Ms Higgins took part in the first panel, which also included sitting MEPs Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher, Jim Higgins, Mairead McGuinness and Marian Harkin, as well as Sinn Fein councillor Matt Carthy.

Irish Independent

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