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Gardai informed MEP Luke Ming Flanagan reports threats made towards his daughter on TikTok

We've been advised by the Gardai to get security for our house. This is so wrong. It's impossible to do one's job in this situation”

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MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke

MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke

MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan has said he has reported threats towards his daughter on his social media to gardai.

I've just left Castlerea Garda Station after reporting threats on my TikTok account towards my 6 year old daughter,” he posted on Twitter. “We've been advised by the Gardai to get security for our house. This is so wrong. It's impossible to do one's job in this situation.”

He also posted screenshots of messages which read “get your kid on a leash”, “no need to get political,” “ik where you live”, “no need to get political stop parking your car outside your house when your not even there” and “I’ll sacrifice Saorsies soul [sic]”

It is the second time in less than a year that the Independent MEP has had to contact police over social media posts.

Last October he said Belgian police were investigating after his Twitter account posted a comment about naked photographs of former Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh.

The tweet which was posted at 2:50am read: "Sapirse mchugh photo skinny dipping".

It was subsequently deleted.

Mr Flanagan later said that his account had been hacked and the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Security and Safety (DG SAFE) is assisting him with a police investigation "into the unauthorised use of my Twitter account which took place from a location in Belgium."

He said parliamentary assistant and an investigator from DG SAFE met Belgian police after the incident.

Mr Flanagan said: "I have now established that my Twitter account had been logged into on a third party app called Tweetcaster.

"This app allowed an individual to tweet from my account using an old password.

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"This app was used twice to access my Twitter account from Belgium on September 28th. The same day that an unauthorised tweet was posted and then deleted from my account."

He added that he was in Ireland at the time the tweet was sent from Belgium.

"The police have been provided with the Belgian IP address associated with the use of my account on the Tweetcaster app on that day.

"They are now working with me to establish the exact location and identity of the individual who has carried out this malicious act of vandalism on my good name."

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