Councillor threatens legal action over Facebook photograph

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

A photograph which appeared on a Facebook site has caused anger for a leading Donegal county councillor who was also a candidate in last year’s General Election.

A photograph which appeared on a Facebook site has caused anger for a leading Donegal county councillor who was also a candidate in last year’s General Election.

It was alleged in an internet news story that the picture which shows newly married Lorraine O’Neill, wife of Cllr. Barry O’Neill standing between waxwork figures of Mussolini and Hitler and giving what has been described in media reports as a “Nazi-like salute” appeared on the Councillor’s Facebook page.

The photograph has since appeared in various newspapers and internet sites.

However, Cllr. O’Neill vehemently denied that the photograph in question ever appeared on his page and is threatening serious legal action against those who wrote the original article.

O’Neill told the Donegal Democrat/Donegal People’s Press that the photograph gave the impression that the couple were anti-Semitic which, he insisted, couldn’t be further from the truth. He insisted that the photograph did not appear on his site.

In his statement the councillor said, “I will be taking serious legal action in the way this story was constructed and in the way that I was quoted and in the way that the photograph was re-produced.”

In a further statement, Fine Gael said, “Cllr.O’Neill is not in this photograph and to the best of our knowledge it did not appear on his Facebook page.

“The photograph is not intended to be offensive to anybody and we would also point out that the Councillor’s wife is not a public representative and not a party member.”