Skerries, County Dublin.
Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee, whose social media history has raised accusations of bigotry and racism, canvassing for the Dublin Fingal by-election, which takes place on Friday, November 29.
Senator Clifford Lee last night joined 9 candidates who signed up to anti-racism pledge from the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) which commits candidates to conduct their election campaigns ‘in a way that does not incite hatred or prejudice on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religious belief and membership of the Traveller or Roma community’.
Previously: “I Am Truly, Truly Sorry”
Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee
2011 Tweets from Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs Lorraine Clifford-Lee
Asked by the Irish Independent for a comment on her controversial tweets, Fianna Fail Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee said the tweets referred to are from as far back as 2011 and were posted long before she became involved in electoral politics.
“I want to be absolutely clear, the tweets were wrong and I apologise for any hurt or offence caused by them,” she said.
“While it does suit some people to take my tweets out of context for their own right wing agenda, I hope that the people of Dublin Fingal will not be distracted by personal smear campaigns such as this.
“Anyone who has worked with me since my election to the Seanad three years ago can confirm the role I played in promoting progressive policies.”
Senator apologises for ‘Traveller’ and ‘dwarf’ tweets but claims she is victim of smear campaign (Independent.ie)
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