70 percent of elected councillors have been threatened, harassed and intimidated over the past three years.That’s according to a new survey by the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG), working in partnership with the Crime Management Group.
About a quarter of all councillors in the country, responded to the survey.
It reveals the reality of life as a councillor in Ireland today, with 48% having considered or are currently considering leaving their role because of threats and harassment.
Respondents routinely experience threats of violence, death threats and threats of sexual violence. Sometimes, threats are directed against councillors’ family members.
60% of respondents experienced threats through social media, while 33% experienced threats in a face to face setting.
President of AILG, Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the results provide a stark depiction of the experiences of many councillors, and added that it will turn people off from putting their name on a ballot paper...