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Free speech or inciting hatred? South Dublin Fine Gael councillor’s comments deemed “unacceptable” by party


Fine Gael has branded comments made on social media regarding Islam and migrants by one of it’s councillors as “unacceptable.”

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Brian Murphy has caused outrage within the party due to comments on Twitter over the last week.

Last Wednesday he wrote:”The Irish military should not be being forced to act as a ferry service for smugglers and illegal economic migrants in the Mediterranean.”

Another post included in a series of tweets on Tuesday read: “Sharia Law is operating in Ireland and most of the political class either do not know or do not care. It is a subversion of our legal system”.

He also said future generations of Europeans will “inherit countries more divided, more dangerous and packed full of terrorists”.

“The majority of the media in the Western world are cowards, most politicians are cowards and most of the artistic establishment are cowards,” he wrote.

A Fine Gael spokesperson said Mr Murphy’s comments “will be dealt with by the Fine Gael party”.

“Fine Gael is a party of the progressive centre and is a committed European party.

“Earlier this year, Fine Gael Intercultural (FGI) was set up. Fine Gael want to create a fair and caring society where everybody is engaged in democracy, and where there are no barriers to equal opportunity.

“The party is committed to playing its role in assisting refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. All people, regardless of class, dogma, ideology, race, religion or creed, should be treated equally and fairly.”

A number of Fine Gael politicians took to social media last night to distance themselves from Murphy’s comments.