Irish councillor gets threatening mail

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Councillor Francis Timmons, who represents Clondalkin, Dublin, as an independent, said he received hateful letters to his home address several times and he applied to the police for investigation. “The person who sent this needs to be aware of its offensive connotations and that homophobic behaviour is not acceptable in our inclusive and progressive country,” Timmons told the local press. Timmons said the police are investigating whether the letter is linked to another he received last summer. In July he and his husband received a photo of Pope Benedict and a letter about World Family Day. The politician is terrified that things like this are still happening in his country.“I’m in politics, I can grow a hard skin, but my partner is not involved in public life and he doesn’t expect that kind of stuff,” he said. “He took it very bad, he was very upset.”

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