Following the far-right riots in Dublin last week, there is growing worry about the propagation of hate speech online. As a result, Irish authorities are apparently looking into Conor McGregor‘s social media statements.
Just hours after three children and a creche worker were hurt in a knife assault, anti-immigrant rioters in Dublin’s downtown set fire to police cars and looted stores, resulting in the worst violence the Irish capital has seen in decades.
Based on information circulating online, police claimed that “hateful assumptions” regarding the knifeman’s identity caused the commotion. They further connected the disorder to a “lunatic, hooligan faction driven by a far-Right ideology.”
Unfounded rumors that the man who attacked the kids was Algerian only served to fuel their rage.
Conor McGregor calls for change
Known for his divisive outbursts, McGregor declared that while he did not support the riots, “change” needed to occur in Ireland.
Responding to a message from Britain First leader Paul Golding on X, formerly known as Twitter, calling for him to organise a “Freedom March”, McGregor said the violence had “achieved nothing toward fixing the issues we face.”
Aside from mentioning a number of alleged crimes committed by immigrants against Irish citizens, McGregor also threatened to take legal action if the government “do not act soon with their plan of action to ensure Ireland’s safety.” It was not implied that he supported the hard-Right’s politics or violence.
According to reports, the Irish police, the Garda, are evaluating the posts as part of an investigation into the spread of hate speech online.