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Miriam O'Callaghan refuses to quit Twitter - even death threats won't keep her away

Published 05/07/2016 | 08:28

Miriam O’Callaghan
Miriam O’Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Joan Burton as they line up for their last TV Debate on RTE Prime Time with Miriam O' Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson
Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy.

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has refused to quit social media - even after receiving a death threat following an interview with Martin McGuinness.

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The Prime Time host (56) is one of Ireland's most influential Twittera users with over 120,000 followers and despite being targeted by vicious trolls, including one death threat, she said she'd never leave social media.

"I understand Twitter can be a cruel and nasty place but I'm still on it. Maybe because I'm a bit of a toughie and I don't want to be driven off a platform that is very useful to my job," she told the RTE Guide.

"If you treat people with great politness they normally respond in kind. Last week, my youngest Jamie did a project at school and one of the questions was, 'What is your best trait?' He wrote 'Kindness'. I have so many brainwashed them."

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy.
Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy.

Two of Miriam's RTE colleagues Ryan Tubridy and Claire Byrne both quit Twitter, although both of their respective shows have a presence on the site.

The mother-of-eight, who is married to Head of BBC NI Productions Steve Carson, said her husband always sees the best in her.

"Steve says that one of my best traits is that if something bad happens, like losing out on a job or when someone writes something bad about you, I bounce back 10 minutes later.

"I have lots of strong female DNA going back generations in my blood."

Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson

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