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Insensitive Dublin councillor 'sickened' by sinister message bearing image of late Anthony Flynn

It was accompanied by a bizarre message in which the sender invited “Hazel” to visit a “chateau in Ukraine” where there is “nice local brews and vulnerable refugees”

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The sickening message sent to Cllr Hazel De Nortúin

The sickening message sent to Cllr Hazel De Nortúin

The sickening message sent to Cllr Hazel De Nortúin

A Dublin councillor has admitted she was sickened when she received a sinister message from an unknown number bearing an image of recently deceased charity boss Anthony Flynn. 

The founder and chief executive of the charity, Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), Mr Flynn, who was also an Independent Dublin city councillor, was found dead in his home in a suspected suicide.

Mr Flynn was being investigated by gardaí over an alleged sexual assault and had been suspended from the charity.

Now, Cllr Hazel De Nortúin of the People Before Profit party has highlighted a message she received from a number “she did know” but using the profile image of Mr Flynn.

It was also accompanied by a bizarre message in which the sender invited “Hazel” to visit a “chateau in Ukraine” where there is “nice local brews and vulnerable refugees”.

Cllr De Nortúin tweeted: “I wasn't going to share this because I didn't want to give it energy but given how we're all talking about getting diverse people into politics, here's a message I received tonight from a number I don't know.

“The profile image they used was recently deceased, Anthony Flynn.

“If you don't like my politics, that's fine. But the sinister element to this is unnerving.

“I've blocked the number after they continued to message me but I'm sickened.”

Cllr De Nortúin told Sundayworld.com she did not know who was behind the message but that others had received it too.

“They’re trying to hit people at a time when they are suffering,” she said. “I don’t know what their reasoning is. It’s completely insensitive. I don’t understand where they’re going with it.”

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Cllr De Nortúin added that she would be reporting the vile message to gardai and although she believes not a lot can be done, “it still needs to be recorded”.

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