Thursday 18 January 2018

Labour TD gets death threat

Anne Ferris. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Anne Ferris. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Barry Lennon

Gardaí are investigating a threat against Labour TD Anne Ferris which said she should "be stoned to death."

The Wicklow politician contacted authorities after a Facebook user posted a message showing her picture with the statement , "We stone that c*** to death the dirty s***."

Ms Ferris said she was afraid after receiving the abuse, saying that the message amounted to an "incitement to hatred."

"The person themselves may not act but it could encourage others to throw a brick through my window or worse," she said yesterday.

"Do people realise the hurt that this causes? My family are very upset about this. My husband wanted to knock the guy's head off.

"I've had protests outside the office but this is another level. You have to ask, 'would a male candidate get this kind of abuse?'"

Gardaí are understood to be taking the death threat to Ms Ferris seriously as she contests the General Election. She reported it after a party volunteer discovered it on the social media site.

Ms Ferris is the second outgoing Government TD to receive a death threat this week after Fine Gael's Regina Doherty was told that "her throat would be slit."

Irish Independent

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