Monday 5 December 2016

Vigil held in Dublin for murdered MP

Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30

The Labour Party, Oxfam, Siptu, members of the public and other
organisations remembered Jo Cox MP at a candlelight vigil at the the World Poverty Stone on the quays in Dublin last night. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.
The Labour Party, Oxfam, Siptu, members of the public and other organisations remembered Jo Cox MP at a candlelight vigil at the the World Poverty Stone on the quays in Dublin last night. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.

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.

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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."

Pictured members of the public take a moment to remember Jo Cox MP. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Pictured members of the public take a moment to remember Jo Cox MP. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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.

Former Labour leader Joan Burton at the vigil. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews
Former Labour leader Joan Burton at the vigil. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews
A Peoples Vigil in memory of Jo Cox took place at Custom Quay in Dublin this evening. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
A Peoples Vigil in memory of Jo Cox took place at Custom Quay in Dublin this evening. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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