Gardaí are investigating death threats sent to a Wicklow journalist after politician Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan posted his mobile number and personal email address online.
The threats, sent to journalist Niall O’Connor, were made hours after Flanagan put the personal details on Twitter. Mr O’Connor also received other unwanted messages and malicious emails.
According to the Irish Independent, the threats said: “C***. Make no mistake, you are scum and I would love to see you dead. Would happily help to bring it about. Scum c***.”
The Sunday World contacted the person linked to the number that made the threats, but the person claimed their phone had “gone missing” during the time the messages were sent.
Mr O’Connor had sent an email to Flanagan asking why he voted in favour of a hard border with Northern Ireland in relation to Brexit. Flanagan later changed his vote, and told Mr O’Connor the initial vote was made in error.
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said he condemned Flanagan for putting the details online. “It’s outrageous and irresponsible to be putting up private individuals’ phone numbers like that,” he said.
Mr O’Connor, who works with the Independent, also works with East Coast FM presenting the Saturday morning show, Wicklow This Week. He has also been shortlisted for 3 national journalism awards, which will take place this coming Thursday.