Aodhan O Riordain, Labour politician and Dublin North Central TD, is “shocked” and “upset” after receiving racist threats from anonymous sources. O Riordain believes he is being targeted for his views on multiculturalism, which he supports, in Ireland.
The Herald, which viewed the hate letters first hand, reports that largely grammatically incorrect letters said, “get the f*** out of our town before we put a bukllet [sic] in your brain,” among other vulgar things. The notes were hand-written and anonymous.
"We will get you -- just wait and see," the letter also says.
O Riordain is undecided as whether or not he will report the incident to local Gardai, but has concerns about photographs that were included in the letter, which are of him and a group of children at a recent event. The photo has “f****** twisted pervert" scrawled beneath it.
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“I'm going to take soundings and I'll decide what to do in the next few days,” said O Riordain. “This is hate mail. My staff have been at the receiving end of it too and it's fairly upsetting.”
O Riordain first became a target of hate mail following the Darren Scully controversy late last year. It was O Riordain who reported Scully, the former mayor of Naas, for saying that he would not represent black people in his districts.
O Riordain believes he is being targeted again over the same matter.
"It is not nice and I intend to investigate further whether An Post could better filter out this type of mail,” said O Riordain. “All I was doing was raising how we discuss the issues like immigration in this country and since then, I began to get a lot of emails and letters to both my home and my office.”
"I'm raising this and I hope it gives people an indication as to what's out there. People who send these letters have a hateful mindset and they are far from clever," he added.