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Friday 20 April 2018

TD told to refile racism complaint against mayor

Luke Byrne

LABOUR TD Aodhan O Riordain was forced to refile a complaint to gardai over racist comments made by a Fine Gael mayor, the Irish Independent has learned.

Mr O Riordain came to some prominence last month when he announced he had reported Darren Scully to gardai under the Incitement to Hatred Act.

Mr Scully, the former mayor of Naas, Co Kildare, had earlier said on radio he would no longer represent "black Africans", who he claimed were "aggressive" and "bad mannered".

Mr Scully has since stepped down from the position of mayor and apologised profusely for his comments.

However, it has emerged that Mr O Riordan's original complaint was simply a note written by him, and given to the gardai by his secretary.

The Dublin TD was informed that this was insufficient and, last Thursday, he appeared in Clontarf garda station to make a formal signed complaint, witnessed by two gardai.

Yesterday, Mr O Riordain denied his original complaint was a political stunt to gain support. "The accusation has been made that I'm doing this as a political stunt or trying to win votes and I can assure you that I have lost a shedload of support over this," he said.

"They did respond to me to say that my complaint wasn't sufficient. It took me a while to liaise things with the gardai to make sure the individual garda was available," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr O Riordain had considered not proceeding with a formal complaint after Mr Scully's resignation and apology.

But he said he had received a torrent of abuse that convinced him it was the right thing to do.

Mr O Riordain said the majority of messages he had received were in support of Mr Scully and that one member of the Labour Party had even resigned over his complaint.

Mr O Riordan declined to name the individual last night.

Irish Independent

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