The author of a piece that outraged Irish Twitter and Reddit users has gone on a Twitter rant against her critics.
Irish readers were outraged this morning as a New Zealand media publication linked the rise in Irish seeking work in New Zealand with a rising rate of sexually transmitted infections.
The article is the latest in a line of articles to be written about the Irish in Australia which have offended Irish people- the most notable, recently, being the article that described Irish pubs as "dank cesspools".
This article claims that the number of confirmed cases of chylamidia in Canterbury has been increasing since 2011. Despite a lack of facts to back this up - "while there are no concrete figures" - the article continues to claim that the influx of Irish immigrants is the reason for the rise. The aritcle claims that "there has 'definetly been an increase' in Irish nationals making appointments as STI clinics.
"Irish workers helping with the rebuild are sharing the love but it seems they may also be helping to spread sexual diseases."
The article claims that the Christchurch sexual health clinic "had started recording the number of nationalities of all people associated with the rebuild" but that "figures for other international workers were not yet available".
Board sexual health director Edward Coughlan is quoted as saying "most Irish made appointments for investigation or treatment of a sexually transmitted infection...There's definitely a lot of casual love going on in the weekends," he said.
However, another source attributed the rise in rates to Irish men entering a country with already-high STI rates; "t would be local women passing infections on to rebuild workers and not the other way around."
Meanwhile, the writer of the piece has taken to Twitter to defend herself against furious tweeters.
@eddiecirl I REPORTED THE STATS. CAN YOU READ?— Georgina Stylianou (@gstylianoupress) October 11, 2013