A Donegal county councillor has sparked controversy after posting a picture of a vandalised road sign telling visitors in campervans to stay at home during the COVID crisis.
Councillor Michel Mac Giolla Easbuig posted the picture on his Facebook Page and commented “Be safe everyone and stay at home and in your own community.”
The signpost was scrawled in writing in Irish which read ‘Fan sa bhaile’ or stay at home.
His comments come just a day after many of Donegal’s coastal towns were extremely busy with visitors despite a plea for people to stay at home.
The situation has caused a backlash with many calling for a complete closure of parks and holiday homes.
The Independent councillor’s post has caused a huge story amongst the public.
One of the people to react to the post was Altan singer Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh who commented ‘No need for this awful graffiti……cop on!”
The singer also commented that there were other ways to deal with the situation other than defacing signs.
Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig replied “So someone wants to protect maybe a very sick family member or neighbour who will die if they get the virus and they see all that happened over the weekend around out coast’
“A message to people coming here thinking ‘sure we will head to Donegal for a few days.’ Maybe a covidiot or someone that wants to protect their family and community. They should cop on alright.”
Dozens of other people commented on the post with some agreeing with Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig while others disagreed.Tags: