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Micheal Martin's colleagues 'disgusted' by Twitter troll who targeted Fianna Fail leader

Published 22/05/2015 | 07:39

Micheal Martin: Supporting a 'Yes' vote in the marriage referendum
Micheal Martin: Supporting a 'Yes' vote in the marriage referendum

An online troll who targeted Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin has been slammed by the party leader’s colleagues.

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Fianna Fail spokesperson for justice Niall Collins said the comments ‘disgusted’ him.

He said Mr Martin was ‘aware’ of the comments which were posted on social media website Twitter.

The comments, in relation to today’s Marriage Referendum, were posted to Mr Martin on Wednesday evening.

Dear listeners/community,Unfortunately earlier on this evening, one of our volunteers posted some tweets on their...

Posted by Limerick City Community Radio on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

They have since been removed at the request of the Twitter user’s employer, Limerick City Community Radio (LCCR), who said they ‘did not take the situation lightly’.

Management at the Limerick radio station distanced themselves from the volunteer staff member’s comments and said they asked the individual to remove the content from the internet.

In a statement, management said: “Unfortunately earlier on this evening, one of our volunteers posted some tweets on their personal account that were deemed to be offensive.

“We at Limerick City Community Radio do not associate ourselves with any of our volunteers' private views.

“As a community radio station, we are a non-profit entity and we pride ourselves on being impartial, fair, and balanced.

“Rest assured that we're on top of this and do not take the situation lightly.

“We must stress to you that we have a diverse volunteer base with a vast range of opinions, none of which are necessarily shared by the station, and to remain impartial, fair, and balanced as we always have, we must have that separation,” the post on the station's Facebook page continued.

“Especially on the air, any opinions expressed by a presenter are their own. It's no different that on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

“Of course we would not tolerate any form of hatred to go out on the air, but when it comes to volunteers' social media accounts, our abilities to moderate are nil.

“But, we can ask that a volunteer remove offensive content and in this case the volunteer in question has done so at our request.”

The station said they ‘hope to put the situation to rest’ but said they would be ‘more than happy’ to address anyone’s concerns about the incident.

They added they were ‘extending professional courtesy’ to the volunteer and they would not be answering any questions in relation to them directly or repeating the content of the offensive post.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, TD Niall Collins said Mr Martin would not be responding to the remarks.

“He is aware of it. It’s awful stuff,” the County Limerick TD said.

A second colleague of Mr Martin’s said Fianna Fail has never allowed online abuse to ‘deter’ them.

“You’d have to wonder what it going on with people who behave like this.

“But we’ve never allowed online abuse to deter us in the past and we’ll not let this distract us now.”

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