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Now Scully gets death threats in racism row

THE Fine Gael councillor who sparked outrage after claiming he would no longer represent black African people has received death threats, the Herald has learned.

Sources close to the former Mayor of Naas, Darren Scully, have revealed how he has received a barrage of abuse, including threats to his life, which has left him unable to leave his home.

A family source today spoke to the Herald about the "heartbreaking" and "unbearable" effects the criticism has had on his wife and two children.

"It's just been unbearable, it's been the worst week of their lives. People can forget that Darren is simply a human being. He has not been eating or sleeping. He is a loving husband and father. And his life has been turned on its head."

The source added: "He wants nothing more than to be given a second chance by the public. He knows he has made an unforgivable mistake but surely people can see that he is so sorry and living a nightmare because of what he said."







Shocking

The 38-year-old resigned from his position as mayor after being branded a racist following his remarks during a radio interview.

In the interview Mr Scully stated that he took a "conscious decision" not to represent "black Africans" who he described as "quick to play the race card", "rude" and "aggressive".

Asked how he would respond to a person of African origin if they contacted him seeking representation, Mr Scully said:

"Well, I will very politely refer them to another one of my council colleagues as I have taken the decision not to represent them." He has since retracted the comments and apologised.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the remarks after Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain lodged an official complaint.

The head of the country's African Centre publicly accepted Mr Scully's apology, stating that it is "time to move on".

"It's an issue that has been dealt with, he's apologised and acknowledged that he has caused offence," said Eric Yao.







Heartbroken

Mr Scully will now have to wait until mid-December to find out if he will allowed to remain a member of Fine Gael.

The Herald understands that the item of whether to impose sanctions on Mr Scully is on the agenda for the next national executive meeting on December 14.

The family source explained: "He doesn't know yet whether he will remain in Fine Gael. However the key issue for him is that he wins people's trust back.

"He cares so much about his role as a councillor and was heartbroken when he gave up his position as major which he took extremely seriously.

"But he completely understands why he comments proved hurtful for so many people. It's a lesson not only for him, but also the entire country."

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