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Colm O'Rourke Wants Gardaí Action Following Abuse Received By His Nephew

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Speaking to RTÉ, Colm O'Rourke said that the gardaí should take action regarding the abuse received on social media by his nephew Paddy O'Rourke.


The Meath keeper was sent off late in his team's loss to Westmeath on Sunday, their first ever defeat to their neighbours in Championship history.

Following the match, O'Rourke was the subject of plenty of abuse on Twitter.

Where people are saying things which are incitement to violence or incitement to hatred, I think the gardaí need to intervene in these sort of things. People are getting with far too much of this online abuse.

I even had a situation where my own name was being used on Twitter by somebody else to abuse people.

The danger of that sort of thing is out there. I think players would be much better off, in general, if they weren’t on Twitter at all, even though it is of benefit to some people in their working lives.

But I think it’s time that all decent people realised what’s going on: players don’t deserve this, after all the efforts that they put in, they shouldn’t be open to this sort of abuse after a defeat.



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