Cllr. Mclough­lin is out­raged af­ter ‘vi­cious per­sonal at­tack’ on web

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A GREY­STONES Town Coun­cil­lor was sub­ject to a ‘ vi­cious per­sonal at­tack’ on so­cial me­dia last week.

Cllr. Grainne McLough­lin said that there were un­pleas­ant com­ments made about her on­line in the mid­dle of the night on three dif­fer­ent Face­book fo­rums. They were all re­moved within 24 hours.

‘ The most vile pack of lies was posted up about me last Fri­day evening,’ she said. ‘It was 100 per cent lies. The post and the com­ments are now in the hands of the Gar­daí with full in­ten­tions to pur­sue to the end’

Cllr. McLough­lin said that this was the hard­est thing that had ever hap­pened to her and she was ex­tremely up­set by what she has branded on­line bul­ly­ing. ‘It’s just un­be­liev­able, it’s sick,’ she said.

The state­ments in ques­tion were made from a bo­gus ac­count which has since been re­moved from the site.

‘Ev­ery sin­gle line of the post was a lie, writ­ten specif­i­cally to de­fame me, dis­credit my name and to put out mis­lead­ing and false ac­cu­sa­tions about me. There are cow­ards be­hind com­puter screens who think that be­cause they do not agree with my poli­cies or have agen­das to elect spe­cific people that they can say what they like. But this time they have gone too far.

‘Just be­cause I am putting my­self up for elec­tion gives no-one the right to de­fame me or any­one else’ she said. ‘ My ini­tial re­ac­tion was to walk away, but that is just giv­ing in to the sick­est mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. You know who you are and you should be ashamed.’

The out­raged pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that she wants to stand up for ev­ery­one who gets abused on Face­book.

Cllr. McLough­lin added that she is overwhelmed and deeply touched by the many mes­sages of sup­port she has re­ceived from friends and con­stituents since the in­ci­dent.

Cllr Grainne McLough­lin

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