Updated: 30/01/18 : 07:49:41
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Sligo TD is victim of Facebook hack

Sligo TD Marc Mac Sharry has hired a solicitor specialising in cyber-crime following the hacking of his Facebook account last Sunday afternoon.

Deputy Mac Sharry also reported the incident to gardaí after defamatory comments purporting to come from him and distributed to his 3,000 plus followers were posted on the account.

He says he was alerted to the hack when while driving he received numerous phone calls and texts from friends who were concerned at the inflammatory comments being made in his name.

The Fianna Fáil TD told the Sligo Champion, "It was very upsetting. I have a thick skin but this was a different departure from legitimate criticism. I get abuse online from time to time, you get used to it, it's water off a duck's back but this is a step too far."

He also confirmed that a full legal investigation is now underway and the person or persons responsible will be pursued to the full extent of the law.

"I would apologise for any distress caused, particularly to those named in the posts, and will be contacting them personally. I would thank those who brought the matter to my attention."

The TD's Facebook account is currently operating as normal with new passwords installed with the following notice posted on Sunday evening;

URGENT NOTICE: TO ALL FRIENDS: This evening my Facebook Account was hacked and scurrilous and defamatory remarks about I and others were posted in my name. These are false, without foundation and highly damaging. A legal investigation is underway and the identity of the party who posted this will be discovered and pursued to the full extent of the law. I would like to apologise for any distress caused particularly to those who were also named in the post and will be in personal contact with each. I want to sincerely thank those who brought this matter to my attention and for their understanding.