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Ireland Gardaí in process of identifying individuals who 'posted racist abuse online' forcing young family to leave Ireland

15:31  09 october  2019
15:31  09 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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A couple who starred in an advert for Lidl has spoken about their decision to leave Ireland after receiving death threats online . Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis appeared on The Late Late Show last night to discuss the online hate they experienced.

They were subject to a number of abusive posts which contained racist comments about them on social media. TDs have said they will question Twitter representatives about the abusive comments directed at the Ryans and how they were allowed to be posted on its site in the first place.

Fiona Ryan et al. standing in front of a window: Abuse: Fiona Ryan and her partner Jon Mathis appeared in an ad for Lidl with their 22-month-old son Jonah Abuse: Fiona Ryan and her partner Jon Mathis appeared in an ad for Lidl with their 22-month-old son Jonah

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said gardaí are in the process of identifying individuals who allegedly posted racist abuse online forcing a young family to leave Ireland.

Fiona Ryan from Co Meath, her fiancé Jonathan Mathis, from the Cotswolds in England, and their one-year-old son Jonah appeared in a television and billboard campaign for supermarket Lidl last month.

However a number of racist messages were posted on social media about the family and they have since left the country to return to England after receiving a threat that left them fearing for their lives.

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Abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often throw in threats of physical violence or other repercussions if you don’t do as they want. Threats – Abusers commonly use threats to keep their partners from leaving or scare them into dropping charges. Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Speaking in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, this morning as he launched the Garda's new three-year diversity and integration strategy, Commissioner Harris said officers are in the process of identifying those behind the abuse.

"We remain in contact with the Ryan family. We are now in the process of identifying individuals, identifying those we believe are suspects of offences that may have been committed.

"And then we will go through a process of interviewing them, gathering evidence and reporting that matter to the DPP.

"There's an investigation on-going with the outcome of bringing individuals to justice," he added.

a close up of a man: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

The new strategy defines a hate crime as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be, in whole or in part, motivated by hostility or prejudice based on age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

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Under the process introduced as part of bail reforms, suspects leave custody after an arrest with no The society's president Simon Davis said cuts had led under-pressure police forces to use the 'Cases where individuals are released under investigation must also be regularly reviewed and

Over the three years of the strategy enhanced reporting, recording, investigating and prosecuting mechanisms will be put in place in respect of hate crime.

It will also see "non-crime hate incidents" recorded on the Garda's Pulse database for the first time.

An initial online reporting facility for hate crime will also be developed.

Also speaking at the launch minister of state David Stanton said: "Actions such as this go to the heart of what is needed - concrete steps to ensure that all groups and communities in an increasingly diverse society have the confidence that they are respected, valued and safe."

He said the Department of Justice is reviewing the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989 and a public consultation on the act is due to start shortly.

It is hoped the strategy will lead to improved trust and confidence in An Garda Siochana by all sections of society.

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32, have fled Ireland after receiving racist abuse and threatening comments following their saw a whole host of other worrying and negative comments aimed at her family that left her “physically Fiona later went to the gardaí (the Irish police) with a number of screenshots, only to be told that it

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