John Loftus ‘no longer in Anti-Austerity Alliance,’ says Murphy
Limerick councillor sent ‘unacceptable threats’ to local activist over Facebook
Paul Murphy TD says Cllr Loftus’s behaviour was unacceptable and he is no longer a member of the Anti Austerity Alliance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Cllr John Loftus described the abusive message he sent to an activist during the week as a “moment of madness”
A councillor who sent a threatening message to a local activist is no longer a member of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA), TD Paul Murphy has said.
In the message, the councillor said: “I tried to be nice. The next time I see you I’lll [SIC]cut your f**kin throat. Insult me & you are dead. See you Monday.”
Paul Murphy said the party had asked him to stand down and he refused.
However, the TD added: “He made really unacceptable threats to someone over social media.
“That is completely unacceptable and completely wrong behaviour. I understand he was asked to resign his seat and he didn’t resign.
“He is no longer considered a member of the Anti-Austerity Alliance.”
On Tuesday, Cllr Loftus described the message as a “moment of madness” insisting he would “never hurt anybody in my life”.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Limerick branch of the AAA said Cllr Loftus’s behaviour had been “a catastrophic misjudgement” for a public representative which it further claimed “brings the AAA and the council into disrepute”.