CALLS FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS ONGOING ABUSE FACED BY COUNCILLORS

Dec 16, 2023 | Featured Articles

Local government representative bodies have called for immediate action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of city and county councillors north and south of the border. During a meeting between both the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council at the Guildhall in Derry recently, both organisations emphasised their commitment to work together to address critical issues facing councillors.

Both representative bodies are jointly calling for steps to be taken to tackle abuse and intimidation suffered by councillors in carrying out their duties across the island of Ireland. Reacting to the ongoing abuse and intimidation of councillors across the island of Ireland, the two local government representative bodies issued the following joint statement:

Councillors continue to experience high rates of abuse and intimidation, often involving violence. This is wrong, illegal, and must be condemned by all. We urge our governments and statutory bodies to work together to ensure that councillors and other elected representatives are sufficiently protected in-person and on-line while carrying out their roles, and to ensure that potential candidates are not discouraged from representing their local areas and communities.

“As representative organisations, we will continue to work with councils, local wellbeing providers and experts across government and statutory bodies to create a safer environment for all councillors and to promote a respectful and inclusive political environment for elected representatives.”

 

The results from AILG’s survey illustrate the daunting reality of life as a councillor in Ireland today, with 48% of respondents having considered leaving their role because of threats and harassment, a further 60% of respondents experienced threats via social media, while worryingly over 33% experienced threats in a face-to-face setting.

 

NILGA’s survey, published in early 2023, found that over three-quarters of local councillors in Northern Ireland (76%) have experienced abuse in their role, while a further 52% have said they have been intimidated by members of the public and ‘trolls’ on social media. Two-thirds of NILGA respondents (66%) said that they had been abused or intimidated on social media while 53% said it had occurred in person. Reported incidents ranged from damage to personal property, the erection of threatening posters, abusive graffiti, and death threats.

 

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