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Dick move TD says 'spray painted penises are not going to help' after vulgar graffiti attack

"To some, this may just be spray paint on a wall, but when my constituency service is run primarily by women, there is another aspect...the intimidation factor"

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The graffiti attack on the office

The graffiti attack on the office

The graffiti attack on the office

Sinn Féin TD Sorca Clarke has said “spray painted penises are not going to help” the cause of women in politics after her Mullingar constituency office was covered in vulgar graffiti. 

The Longford-Westmeath politician highlighted the incident in a social media post that showed the office covered in crude graffiti depicting the male appendage.

The party’s Spokesperson on Defence raised the question, “And they wonder why there are not more women in politics???...Spray painted penises are not going to help!!!"

"To some, this may just be spray paint on a wall, but when my constituency service is run primarily by women, there is another aspect to this - the intimidation factor that comes with this,” she added.

“I had to ring the women who work in my Longford and Athlone offices to tell them to be more conscious of their surroundings and their safety for the coming days.

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Sorca Clarke

Sorca Clarke

Sorca Clarke

"That is totally unacceptable. Nobody should have to walk into a workplace with these vulgar images spray painted on the building.

“Time that should have been spent this morning providing help and support to our constituents, was instead spent trying to sort out this needless act.

"Blatant intimidation of women in work, while it may not have been the intention, it certainly was the effect of these grossly abhorrent acts.

"We will obviously be carrying out a full review of the CCTV footage with the Gardaí, who were very helpful this morning."

According to Deputy Clarke, CCTV footage is being reviewed by gardaí in an effort to find the culprits.

She also praised investigating gardaí for their assistance, saying they were "very helpful”.

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