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Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu

Dublin City Council is to consider an emergency motion condemning racist social media attacks on the city’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Hazel Chu.

The all-party motion was called by Cllr Daithí Doolan to raise the issue of horrific abuse directed at the Lord Mayor during the week.

“The racism that Dublin’s Lord Mayor Hazel Chu has faced since assuming public office is disgraceful,” Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan said. “It is fundamentally wrong and it has to be actively opposed.

“The recent racist tweets targeting An tArd Mheara are a symptom of a deeper racism that needs to be confronted in our society.

“In response to the racist social media attacks on the Lord Mayor all parties on Dublin City Council have put their names to a Sinn Féin motion condemning in the strongest possible terms the racist tweets sent to Cllr Hazel Chu

“I am delighted that all parties have signed up to this motion. We may be from different political parties but we stand shoulder to shoulder against racism.”

He added: “Racism has no place in Irish society and we, as members of political parties from across the political spectrum, will call out every time all of those involved in such behaviour. Dublin City Council is committed to social inclusion, celebrating diversity and to tackling racism where ever and whenever it raises its head.

It follows the revelation by Minister Anne Rabbitte that she was told to 'hang herself' in vile social media abuse.

This led to the Fianna Fáil TD calling for therapy support officers to help politicians cope with escalating “nasty” abuse.

Anne Rabbitte disclosed how social media trolls have told her to “hang herself” and to “rot in hell” and how abuse is taking its toll on her colleagues.

She said: “I spent time blocking 636 people on Twitter because it’s what I did to survive for the last four years.

"But I have unblocked them since becoming minister.

“I found it humiliating when people would abuse me on a public platform like Twitter.

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“I’ve been told to rot in hell, to go hang myself and called names such as fat arse, and it just got nastier.

“It’s not about the party or campaigns, it’s the personal attacks on me, my family and children and others.


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