DUP MLA Hits Out At Trolls Over Online Abuse

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has hit out at online trolls after being attacked on social media.

The Upper Bann politician said abusive comments were aimed at her and party leader Arlene Foster after uploading a photograph to Twitter of the pair at a DUP event in Fermanagh on Friday, 13 April.

It is understood a number of derogatory remarks were posted about Ms Lockhart's appearance, as well as criticism of Mrs Foster in relation to the RHI Inquiry.

Speaking to the BBC, Ms Lockhart said: "This is bullying. It's harassment of women in political life.
News Image
"I am more than open to people debating about political beliefs and policy but these were very personal. We all have features that we would maybe change."

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd described the online abuse as 'wrong and inexcusable'.

"I disagree with many aspects of Carla's politics but there is no excuse for the online personal abuse she has suffered," he said.

"The online bullying of Carla and other public representatives particularly women by online trolls must end."

On Twitter, UUP Leader Robin Swann said: "Online trolling unacceptable at any level and is only encouraged by @Twitter permitting anonymous accounts. Abuse directed at elected representatives and people in the public eye just too easy for big brave key board warriors."

Image: Carla Lockhart and Arlene Foster (right) at the DUP Dinner on Friday.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

04 April 2018
DUP MLA Issues Apology Over Retweet
A DUP MLA has issued an apology for retweeting a post which described London Mayor Sadiq Khan as the "enemy within". The controversial tweet read: "The enemy within: Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, refuses to support ban of Hezbollah terror group, says he must consider if it is the 'right thing to do'.
18 April 2018
NI Audit Office To Hold Review Over Dinner Hosted By DUP MP
The Northern Ireland Audit Office is to hold a review into a dinner hosted by DUP MP Ian Paisley. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council paid £1,500 for a table at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena which was attended by politician Michael Gove.
10 April 2018
DUP Welcomes Loyalist Paramilitary Groups Commitment To Opposing Criminality
The DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, has welcomed the joint statement issued by UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando, affirming their commitment to the 'rule of law'. In a statement issued on the DUP website, Mrs Foster said: "I welcome the Combined Loyalist Statement which opposes and condemns all forms of criminality.
06 April 2018
DUP Will Continue To 'Promote The Benefits Of The Union'
The DUP will "continue to promote the benefits of the Union", Lagan Valley MP Jeffery Donaldson has said. Mr Donaldson was speaking about comments made by DUP Leader Arlene Foster during a programme with Patrick Kielty, 'My Dad, The Peace Process and Me'.
28 March 2018
Three Released Over Historical Child Abuse Allegations
Three people arrested in connection with historical child abuse allegations in Co Down have been released pending further enquiries. Two men and a woman were detained by police in the Ballynahinch and Killyleagh areas on Tuesday, 27 March. They were questioned at Antrim Serious Crime Suite and have been released.
27 March 2018
Three People Arrested Over Historical Child Abuse Allegations
Three people have been arrested in connection with historical child abuse allegations in Co Down. Two men and a woman were detained in the Ballynahinch and Killyleagh areas on Tuesday, 27 March. They have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
08 March 2018
Two Men Arrested Over Historical Child Sexual Abuse
Detectives have arrested two men as part of an investigation into allegations of serious historical child sexual abuse. Officers from the PSNI's Public Prosecution branch arrested the two suspects, aged 60 and 67, on Thursday, 08 March. The men were detained in Newtownards and Ardglass. They are being questioned at Antrim Police station.
28 November 2017
Belfast Man Sentenced After Having Over 20,000 Images Of Child Abuse
A man from Belfast has been sentenced to six months in prison after having over 20,000 images of child abuse on his computer. Ramsay Pennycook, from Holywood, was also sentenced to 18 months on licence, ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a five-year sexual harm prevention order at Downpatrick Crown Court.
21 November 2017
Staff Excluded Form Care Home While PSNI Investigate Abuse Allegations
Four staff members at a residential facility in Co Antrim have been have been excluded from work and an investigation has been launched over allegations about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital provides care for vulnerable adults with intellectual disability, behavioural or mental problems.
09 November 2017
Green Party Rep Targeted With Homophobic Abuse
A Green Party representative has claimed he was recently targeted with homophobic harassment. North Belfast Green Party representative Malachai O'Hara said he was verbally abused on his way to work on Wednesday morning, 08 November. He said: "As I was heading to work, I was the victim of homophobic harassment.
26 March 2018
Clare's Law Introduces Domestic Abuse Checks In NI
A new scheme aimed at helping to protect people from becoming a victim of domestic violence or abuse has been introduced by the Department of Justice.
23 March 2018
Sinn Féin Politician Speaks About Abuse By Paedophile Priest
A senior Sinn Féin politician has demanded a full investigation after he revealed a paedophile priest physically abused him and tried to sexually abuse him. Conor Murphy said Fr Malachy Finegan, who died in 2002, dragged him into an office at St Colman's College in Newry and beat him with a stick.
13 June 2016
NI Businesses Lose Over £2m Following Online Crime
Firms in Northern Ireland lost over £2 million following online crime last year, according to new figures. Figures from Get Safe Online and Action Fraud show 247 cases were reported with total losses amounting to £2,152,343 between March 2015 and March 2016. However, police believe the overall losses could be higher.
04 February 2011
Equine Care Goes Mobile
Worried NI horse owners can now turn to their own mobile phone or laptop with a new online feature letting equine lovers see their animal from anywhere in the world - by Internet access.
22 January 2009
Enterprise And Innovation Boost For Schools Launched
A new online learning and employability resource for schools has been launched by Invest Northern Ireland. In conjunction with the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), the website www.clk2do.