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Tide of online racist abuse 'broke' model

Jane O'Faherty

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

Plus-size model Michelle Marie took over the popular @Ireland Twitter account
Plus-size model Michelle Marie took over the popular @Ireland Twitter account

A black plus-size model has said abuse she suffered while curating a prominent Twitter account "really did break" her.

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The abuse suffered by Michelle Marie while using the @Ireland account has sparked an outcry among anti-racist groups.

Speaking on RTÉ's 2FM, Michelle, a mother of one, said: "It really did break me."

She briefly stopped using the account but didn't want to let the trolls win.

"There are people who have been supportive and want to hear what I have to say and that made me want to try and see the week out," she said.

Shane O'Curry, director of the European Anti-Racism Network Ireland, said it was a disgusting level of racism.

"It has really shown how unequal Ireland is, that this woman couldn't curate a Twitter account without coming across such vitriolic abuse," he said.

Mr O'Curry added that up to 20pc of racist incidents reported to ENAR Ireland occurred online.

Brian Killoran of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said that it was standing in solidarity with Michelle following the abuse.

Irish Independent

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