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Gardaí investigate harassment claim against Limerick mayoral candidate

GARDAI have launched a second investigation into harassment directed at mayoral candidate Cllr Daniel Butler.

Roxboro officers are examining potentially malicious communications sent to the Fine Gael candidate and his wife Tania which he says have left his family “scared, upset and angry”.

As a result, the father of two has beefed up security at his home.

Mrs. Butler received a phone call from an anonymous number mentioning a member of her family.

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Hours later, Cllr Butler himself received an abusive message from a newly created Instagram account.

This is the second time Gardai have had to intervene.

Earlier this month, online trolls uploaded photographs of Cllr Butler’s home with details of the address and asked people to smash his windows.

Cllr Butler admitted he considered withdrawing from the race to be elected mayor.

“Every time your family is threatened, you have to analyze things carefully. Is it worth continuing if it is going to affect us like this? My wife and I decided we would not be intimidated. It’s not about who we are, but why we are in the race. If anything, it’s why he should stay in the race and hopefully make a difference as mayor,” she said.

Despite this, Cllr Butler and his wife have had to make changes.

“We have had to publicly review what we are doing with our children now. We are going to have to keep our lives and our children’s lives much more private now. We have always been generous and invited people to our home as an in-laws family. That cannot continue now,” she stated.

And he added: “It is a sad reflection of where we are. “All I’m trying to do is aim to play a civic role in making the city and county a better place to live for everyone.”

A garda spokesperson confirmed they are investigating a complaint of harassment.

“Specifically in relation to election campaigns, An Garda Síochána has appointed liaison inspectors in each of our divisions across the country to help keep all participants in the upcoming elections safe during the campaign,” they added.

The mayoral election will take place next Friday, June 7.

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