THE poster boy of the Referendum Commission's media campaign has been racially abused online.
Campaigners reacted angrily today after it emerged that Irish actor Daryl McCormack was subject to the abuse on social networks
A number of internet users posted racist comments about the 20-year-old on the Facebook page of the Referendum Commission.
Some users posted comments about Daryl's skin colour while others claimed that he is not Irish.
The independent body confirmed to the Herald that it has taken down a number of the posts however the matter has not been referred to gardai.
Some of Daryl's family members reacted furiously to the abuse targetted at their loved one.
His mother Theresa labelled one of the bullies an “online prat”, adding: “My son will rise above all this ignorance”.
And his uncle Gary McCormack said that Daryl is a “proud Irish man” and that the comments “will not affect him”.
The Integration Centre today described the comments as “disgraceful”.
“We commended and congratulated the Referendum Commission for using faces that represent the diversity in this country.
“The fact that this man was abused is disgraceful. The culprits are foolish and are nothing short of racists,” according to CEO Killian Forde.
“Racism is unfortunately present in our society. However it's very welcome that the commission is using diverse faces for its campaigns.”
A spokesman for the Referendum Commission said that a number of posts had been removed.
However he said that the independent body did not intend to refer the matter to gardai.
“The content on the Facebook page is monitored and we won't tolerate comments of an offensive nature.
“We have a strict policy of immediately removing any comments which we deem or inappropriate or inoffensive,” the spokesman added.
The commission contacted Daryl to inform him of the abuse and that the comments had been removed.
Daryl is a part time actor from Nenagh, Tipperary.
He is one of a number of models who is fronting advertisements about today's referendums.
He studies in DIT and is represented by Assets Model Agency. He did not wish to comment when contacted by the Herald today.