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Online campaign Green Party councillor deletes 'milkshake these racist vermin' tweet after complaints

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Oisín O'Connor has said he does not regret the tweet


Oisin O'Connor

Oisin O'Connor

Oisin O'Connor

A Green Party councillor was forced to delete an "off the cuff" tweet offering €300 to "milkshake these racist vermin" after a number of complaints were made to a local authority.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Oisín O'Connor has said he does not regret the tweet.

He alleged that a number of individuals involved in an online campaign against him at the time led him to deleting the message.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) contacted the councillor after a number of complaints were made about his tweet last April 23.

His tweet read: "DM me your revolut [payment app] or similar, I'll help out with the fine.

"That being said, €300 to milkshake these racist vermin, sounds a bit of a bargain."

He was referencing a court case in which an individual was fined €300 after allegedly throwing a milkshake at two other people.

After a number of complaints were received by the local authority about the tweet, Mr O'Connor received a phone call from a council official.

The tweet was then deleted, and a spokesperson for the council told the Herald that the councillor deleted it "voluntarily".

"Councillor O'Connor was not requested by DLR to remove the tweet. Once the matter was raised with Councillor O'Connor, he voluntarily removed it," the spokesperson said.

Mr O'Connor said the tweet was "off the cuff" and, in his opinion, the complaints made to the council were "spurious".

"I had a phone call with an official in Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and the official accepted my explanation that this was an off-the-cuff, joke tweet," he said.

Mr O'Connor said he did not want to give anybody "ammunition", and so decided to delete the tweet.

"My reaction was, are people making these spurious complaints?" he said.

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"Whatever, I don't care, I'm going to delete the tweet to not give them ammunition.

"There were clearly people who were distributing some stuff to try and, you know, whip up some, I don't know, problems for me."

He said he did not feel any pressure from the council to delete it and decided himself to do so.

However, he added that, at the time, there was a social media campaign against him by a small group of people.

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