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Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu disgusted after sexual content and racial abuse directed at her daughter

“It made me feel really quite ashamed of what we have become as a society.”
Lord Mayor Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu

Seán McCárthaigh

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Hazel Chu has revealed that abusive social media posts about her young daughter have also contained sexual as well as racist content.

Ms Chu said she was “completely disgusted” that one post had made a sexual reference about her three-year-old daughter, Alex, in addition to material which incited hatred against her family.

Speaking at a meeting of Dublin City Council Joint Policing committee on Tuesday, the Lord Mayor remarked: “It made me feel really quite ashamed of what we have become as a society.”

Ms Chu, a Green Party councillor, said people needed to fight against such individuals as she admitted being worried about the safety of her family, particularly her daughter.

Her comments were made as the committee passed a motion proposed by Sinn Féin councillor, Daithí Doolan, condemning the ongoing racism and intimidation of Ms Chu including a recent confrontation with the Lord Mayor outside the Mansion House by a group of far-right protesters.

Ms Chu said she was lucky to have a platform to express her views but recognised the need to fight various racist groups in both online and offline settings.

“There is a very vocal minority that keeps on trying to stoke good, middle-of-the-road people who have genuine fears at the moment,” Ms Chu said.

“These people are driving a narrative and driving dog whistle politics and it’s working,” she added.

Ms Chu thanked the committee for the cross-party support for the motion as well as gardaí for their assistance during the recent incident outside the Mansion House.

Condemning the racist abuse directed at Ms Chu, Fine Gael councillor, Ray McAdam, said there was also an onus on all elected representatives to treat political opponents with decency.

Mr McAdam said he hoped what had happened the Lord Mayor would serve as a “wake-up call” for everyone in public life.

Sinn Féin councillor, Larry O’Toole, praised Ms Chu for being “very brave and very constructive” in challenging her abusers when she could easily have chosen to ignore such abuse.

Green Party councillor, Janet Horner, said anti-racism was a massive issue for Dublin city and one that needed to be central to how policing was done with new communities in the capital.

Describing the Lord Mayor as a “trailblazer”, Ms Horner expressed hope that anyone who came behind Ms Chu would not have to experience the same lack of support and protection.

Independent councillor, Mannix Flynn called on the council to initiate a public campaign to tackle the problem of racism and hate speech.

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