The Irish Mail on Sunday
Election candidate is attacked in vile email after revealing she was pregnant
A LOCAL election candidate has revealed how she was subjected to vile abuse from a member of the public after revealing she was pregnant.
Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford said the abuse began last Thursday when she got an email from a man who referred to her as ‘dirty lowlife scum who should be eradicated from society’.
The man wrote: ‘If you’re trying to make a difference go to the gym and lose a few pounds, then do your roots as they are showing.’
Solicitor Ms Clifford explained she would not be going to the gym because she is five months’ pregnant.
He responded by calling her ‘devilishly smart’ for the timing of her pregnancy, adding: ‘I hope you told that to your constituents, that you will be going on extended maternity leave most probably when your baby is born and all of us poor suckers will be paying for it. You have it all planned so.’
The email said this was an example of ‘typical Fianna Fáil corruption’.
Ms Clifford is running for election in Dublin’s Pembroke-South Dock constituency. She told her followers on Twitter about the sexist abuse she had received.
‘I just tweeted as I thought why should I be putting up with abuse as there are plenty of male candidates whose wives or girlfriends are pregnant at the moment and no one bats an eyelid at that. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back and so I tweeted and got an amazing reaction,’ she said.
‘The day I found out I was pregnant in January was the day I was elected to run as a candidate, it was a great day as two big dreams of mine were coinciding.’
Ms Clifford said Fianna Fáil have been overwhelmingly supportive of her pregnancy and were delighted to hear the news of her baby girl, due in September.
She said public representatives don’t get maternity leave and she has no intention of taking any time off if she is elected and will be fulfilling all of her council duties.