Wednesday 26 September 2018

Donegal nightclub removes 'offensive' billboard of female golfer

'This large billboard sign on the approach to my home town of Buncrana is just plain offensive to women'

Undated handout photo of a billboard with the advert for Libertys night club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Undated handout photo of a billboard with the advert for Libertys night club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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An Irish nightclub has taken down an offensive billboard of a woman, a senator said.

The advert featured the back of a woman golfer's body with the message "Libertys: Your 19th hole for the summer".

Liberty's is a club in Buncrana in Co Donegal. Golf's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is due to be held nearby in July.

Sinn Fein senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn said: "This large billboard sign on the approach to my home town of Buncrana is just plain offensive to women.

Undated handout photo of a billboard with the advert for Libertys night club after it was removed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Undated handout photo of a billboard with the advert for Libertys night club after it was removed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

"And it is offensive to men who respect the women in their lives.

"If it was shock value publicity they were seeking, then mission accomplished."

The advert faced a backlash on social media.

The club did not immediately return requests for comment.

Mr Mac Lochlainn added: "Thank you to the management of Libertys for listening to your local community and respectfully taking down the billboard sign in Buncrana.

"This is not a bit of a laugh any more. Society has changed.

"All of us men need to step up and see that all women deserve respect, not just our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives or partners."

Golf's Irish Open will be held in Ballyliffin in Co Donegal from 5-8 July.

It is hosted by four-time major winner Rory McIlroy's Rory Foundation.

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