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Peadar Tóibín sends legal letter to Aodhán Ó Riordáin over abortion tweet 

Meath West TD, Peader Tóibín, has sent a solicitor’s letter to Aodhán Ó Ríordáin after the Labour TD posted a tweet the Aontú leader described as “completely untrue” and which he claimed caused him to fear for his family’s safety. 

Mr Ó Riordáin attacked Mr Tóibín’s stance against abortion, accusing him of voting “to let women die, regardless of the situation.”

Mr Tóibín said he had always made it clear that the life of the mother was of primary concern in every decision, and accused the Labour deputy of “hate speech” and “polarised” public debate.

He said what Aodhán Ó Riordáin had posted was “completely untrue” and he felt it constituted “hate speech”. He added that the false accusation was “inflammatory” and could lead to his young family being put in danger.

‘If anyone was to say that a politician is letting people die, that would motivate people to abuse them verbally or physically. My instinct is to correct the record and protect my family,” Mr Tóibín said.

In recent days, angry protests at the homes of Supreme Court Justices who seem likely to overturn the Roe v Wade decision in the US have caused concern for their families and their safety.

The solicitor’s letter to Mr Ó Riordáin said that the Labour TD had “unfairly and deliberately” chosen inflammatory comments to “gain optimum attention” to his claim.

It also alleges the Dublin Bay North representative sought to disparage Mr Tóibín’s good name and character during the final days of the Assembly elections.

Mr Tóibín told the Irish Examiner  <https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/politics/arid-40868567.html> he feared for his family’s safety after the claim was posted.

“I was absolutely shocked by the post, which is completely untrue,” Mr Tóibín said.

“In every debate I say first and foremost the protection of the mother’s life is the primary concern in every decision.

“This is such a divisive issue, and look at the US, we’ve seen a Supreme Court judgment leaked and there are now protests outside their homes.

“I have a young family and if a radicalised person believed that to be true, my family could be at risk of being abused in the public space. I hoped no politician would create such an atmosphere for another activist.”

The Aontú leader said it was wrong “to put another politician’s family in danger”.

“If anyone was to say that a politician is letting people die, that would motivate people to abuse them verbally or physically. My instinct is to correct the record and protect my family.”

“I was hoping it would be resolved amicably, but he hasn’t responded to the letter. I’ll have to consider my position on this,” he added.

Mr Toibín told Gript that he was shocked at the Labour deputy’s failure to respond or remove the tweet.

“We are shocked that AOR has not removed the horrendous tweet, he has not responded to the letter and he has made no effort to apologise,” he said.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said the comments were part of political debate.

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