Online hatred videos ‘bad for Longford’

Longford County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mark Casey.
A Longford County Councillor has called on the Gardaí and the Minister for Communications to have certain local videos removed from the Internet because he claims they are inciting hatred and bad for Longford’s image.

A Longford County Councillor has called on the Gardaí and the Minister for Communications to have certain local videos removed from the Internet because he claims they are inciting hatred and bad for Longford’s image.

The Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Mark Casey, made his comments during the county’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting last week.

Speaking to the Leader this week, Cllr Casey said the footage in these videos was specific to a “handful of people” whom he added, “do not reflect the decent, ordinary, hard-working people of this county”.

The local councillor pointed out that potential investors could stumble across the footage if carrying out an Internet search of the county.

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“The way I look at this is simple; if anyone going to invest in this county puts Longford into a search engine, this incitement of hatred that is becoming all too common, will come up,” he added.

“It is brought about by only a handful of people and they do not reflect the good of our county.”

Cllr Casey then said it was time for the Minister for Communications to intervene in the saga and endeavour to regulate the whole area.

“There is so much good in Longford town and county,” the Cathaoirleach continued. “I just don’t think that an act by a handful of people reflects the true essence of this county and its people; it does not reflect the decent, hard-working people of the town.”

He went on to say that social media experts across the world did not appreciate interference by domestic police forces or any form of authority, for that matter, and he added, “You can’t even legislate for it either, because how do you legislate in Ireland, for example, for a social media provider that is based in Korea?

“What I am talking about creates a bad name for an area, and that is not a true reflection of the area and especially not here in Longford.”

Chief Superintendent Padraig Rattigan told Cllr Casey that because garda input was not welcomed in the world of social media, it was up to people in the community to make complaints, so that providers would be forced to remove the material. Report: page 9