Gardai investigate source of emails sent to Mayor of Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

MAYOR Jim Long has instructed his legal team to approach Google to trace the source of “defamatory” and “anti-Semitic” emails he has received.

MAYOR Jim Long has instructed his legal team to approach Google to trace the source of “defamatory” and “anti-Semitic” emails he has received.

Some of the emails are personally abusive of the mayor, while another was purportedly sent by Mayor Long to a fellow councillor and contains bogus comments in which he is praises the infamous Limerick priest Fr John Creagh for “getting rid of those Jews out of Limerick in 1904”.

The internet giant has been asked to investigate and Roxboro gardai are also investigating the communications.

Since the Limerick Leader first revealed that a number of offensive emails had reached the mayor’s office last week, the problem has escalated with more being sent, including one where a web user impersonates the city’s first citizen, using the monicker Jimmy De Long Fellow. Now, Mayor Long has declared: enough is enough.

The offensive emails came from a number of different addresses. But one thing they have in common is they are sent from ‘gmail.com’ accounts, which are administered by Google.

An angry Mayor Long said: “We feel confident we will trace the emails sent. This is not about Jim Long anymore: this is about the mayoral office. These need to be put aside, and put to bed.”

A spokesperson for Roxboro Garda Station said they are investigating the source of the emails, having received a complaint from Mayor Long.