Sinn Féin asks Facebook to remove private group

Sinn Féin has asked Facebook to remove a private group with thousands of supporters which allegedly contains abusive comments about political opponents.

The Irish Times reports many of the sometimes violent comments on the page, which is named “Sinn Féin”, were directed at the Taoiseach and Tanaiste.

A spokesperson for the party says they do not operate any Facebook groups, and it has contacted the social media network to make it clear it should be removed.

According to the Irish Times, some of the party’s TD’s and Councillors, including Sligo/Leitrim TD, Martin Kenny, were listed as members of the group up until this week.