Fine Gael election Candidate criticised for speaking her mind and using free speech to suggest Islamic State is “a big part of the migrant population” in Ireland and services are needed to “alleviate that type of indoctrination”.
Verona also said that some asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be “deprogrammed” as they “carry angst” and may have been “infiltrated by IS”.
In a statement on Monday night, she apologised for her remarks and said she visited a reception centre for asylum seekers in Waterford “to gain a better understanding of asylum and refugee issues”.
Fianna Fail Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, was caught up in a free speech entanglement after her past tweets came back to haunt her. Whilst we may not agree with what she says we defend her right to say stupid things.
Even Politicians can discover they would be subject to these so-called Hate Speech laws.
The candidate in the Fingal by-election has since said has she is "very sorry" for using offensive language in Twitter posts a number of years ago.