West Cork TD calls for calm after poster threatens visitors will be shot

West Cork TD calls for calm after poster threatens visitors will be shot
Holly Cairns TD (Soc Dem)

A WEST Cork TD is urging people not to take the law into their own hands amid anger at visitors arriving into the area.

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns made the plea after seeing posters in parts of West Cork directed at people who have not observed public health restrictions on movement.

She shared one example of a poster on her social media platforms, which featured a picture of a gun and the words: “If you live more than 2km from this sign, you will be shot.”

Ms Cairns said she understands that people are worried and that social distancing and isolation are hard, but added: “Without clarity on how long we’re in this for and some not following guidelines, a sense of watchfulness and hostility can grow.

“I want to put the call out to people to take care of themselves and each other. Don’t take the law into your own hands, don’t assume people are/aren’t local and should/shouldn’t be here.

“In many cases the D-reg cars or unfamiliar accents are residents. Last week the owner of a campsite in West Cork reported that someone called gardaí based on rumours that they were open.

“They weren’t and have no intention of opening until it’s safe to do so. Rumours like that can damage a business and waste Garda time.”

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