Vigil held in Dublin for murdered MP
Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30
A minute of silence hung over Dublin's Custom House as dozens gathered to express solidarity with the family and friends of murdered British MP Jo Cox.
A vigil was organised in the city centre in memory of the UK Labour Party politician, who was murdered as she met with constituents at her local library in Birstall. "Today, we send a message that love must overcome hate," said organiser and human rights activist Dan O'Neill. "We need to cool down the tension in politics at the moment… We can't get to a situation were we hate one another because yesterday's tragedy, and what we saw in Orlando, is the result of that."
Former Labour leader Joan Burton attended the vigil and said politics had become increasingly toxic for women.
"A common experience of women in politics is having a lot of hatred directed at them.
"If anything good can come out of this, I hope it is a serious examination of this outpouring of hate and vilification.
"It seems to be leading to vulnerable people being swept up in rhetoric that empowers them to do things that the rest of us would find unspeakable," she said.