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Friday 15 December 2017

Race row storm ex-mayor blasts kill threat to TD

FORMER Naas mayor Darren Scully has condemned the thug who threatened to kill Dublin TD Aodhan O'Riordain -- the politician who filed a garda complaint against him.

The Fine Gael politician has strongly condemned hate mail sent to Mr O'Riordain, which contained the death threat.

The Herald revealed how the Dublin North Central TD was this week branded a "twisted pervert" and was also threatened with "a bullet to the head".

The threats related to the controversy earlier this year when Mr O'Riordain reported Mr Scully to garda after the Kildare councillor said he wouldn't represent black Africans anymore.

The threat was contained in a letter that was sent to his constituency office by an anonymous source.

The letter, seen by the Herald, tells Mr O'Riordain to "get the f*** out of town before we put a bukllet (sic) in your brain".

"We will get you -- just wait and see," the letter reads.







Tirade

The correspondence was part of a tirade of abuse against the Labour TD since he lodged a formal complaint against Mr Scully.

Mr O'Riordain contacted Clontarf Garda Station after Mr Scully sparked outrage by claiming he would no longer represent "black Africans" in his capacity as a councillor.

Mr Scully has since apologised to the African community and has withdrawn the remarks.

Despite never coming face-to-face with the man who has lodged a formal complaint against him, Mr Scully has strongly condemned the threats made against Mr O'Riordain.

Speaking on The Late Show, on Classic Hits 4fm, the former mayor described the threats as "terrible" and "abusive".

"I think what's happening to Deputy O'Riordain is terrible, nobody should be sending anybody any threatening and abusive emails and texts. I feel for the man as I have been in that position myself and it cannot be condoned in any way," Mr Scully said.







Nasty

"At the end of the day we are all human beings and we haven't got a suit of armour, and when you receive nasty stuff through emails and text messages it's very unpleasant," he said.

Mr Scully -- who himself has received death threats in recent weeks -- said he has no intention of leaving politics.

"At the next election people will make the decision whether they want me to remain there, and that's democracy."

Meanwhile, asked by host Niall Boylan if he would consider withdrawing the formal complaint against Mr Scully, Mr O'Riordain said he "stands over" his decision.

"I have absolutely no doubt that Darren is a good man. But good men say stupid things sometimes, and good men say things that need to be investigated.

"And regardless of his motivation at that time, to my mind there has to be a line in the sand when public representatives stand up and say things."

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