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Anger after councillor’s property is attacked

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 8:00am
Anger after councillor’s property is attacked

Damage caused to Cllr Timmons’ front window.

Anger after councillor’s property is attacked

Damage caused to Cllr Timmons’ front window.

POLITICIANS have rallied around Independent councillor Francis Timmons whose house and car were damaged in an attack last week.

The South Dublin county councillor had the front window of his house and his car windscreen smashed in the overnight incident.

An upset Cllr Timmons, who has been subjected to several recent homophobic attacks, said enough was enough.

Cllr Timmons told how his husband got up to go to work on the morning of Monday, December 11  and discovered glass all over the floor.

He realised that the front door window was smashed as well and when he went  outside he found that the car’s widescreen was damaged.

Cllr Timmons immediately reported the incident to the gardai.

“I am a gay man, who is a democratically elected local councillor, but more than that I am a human being with the same emotions and feelings as everyone else,” he said.

The incident happened less than a week after a video was posted online of a man outside Timmons’ home speaking directly to the camera using threatening and homophobic language.

“I am a brother, an uncle, and a husband among other things but above all I am a human being, Cllr Timmons said in a statement.

“Twice this year I have received homophobic letters in the post and there is also a video put up on YouTube with homophobic contents.

“It’s all too easy to say ‘ignore it, let it go over your head you are better than that’, but homophobia hurts.

“It affects mental health and wellbeing and should always be exposed for what it is - a vile, unnecessary and hateful action towards another human.

“Sadly, in Ireland we don’t have hate legislation but we need it urgently, as there is no place for homophobia, transphobia or racism in our modern republic.”

Cllr Timmons added: “People should not be allowed to post vile and hurtful and spiteful trash on social media or post to any person without repercussions to their actions.

“How dare anyone think it’s acceptable to post by letter or social media language what is vile and damaging to a human being?

“That’s why we need urgent hate legislation. No person should be made feel any less than they are, which is equal and a valued member of the community they live in.

“This morning I awoke to my sitting room, my front door and the car window smashed – enough is enough.”

We reported just this month how Cllr Timmons was shocked and disgusted after he received another homophobic letter in the post.

It was the second time in less than six months that the councillor had received such abuse.

In July Cllr Timmons, revealed how he opened a similar letter that had been sent to his home.

Inside was a picture of Pope Benedict, a letter about World Family Day and a letter purportedly from Pope Francis.

Last week, fellow Cllr Dermot Looney came out in support of his colleague and revealed how local councillors and people involved in politics were increasingly the subject of abuse.

“My friend and colleague Fran Timmons has put up with enough crap,” Cllr Looney tweeted.

“Other Cllrs and pals involved in politics locally have also been targeted.

“These are worrying times for people putting themselves forward on behalf of their communities.

“I hope the perpetrator is caught and brought to justice.”

Nessa Childers MEP added: “Really sorry to have this happen to Fran Timmons. Terrible stuff.”

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