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Couple Receives Racist Abuse After Appearing In Lidl Ad

Josh Crosbie
Josh Crosbie

05:12 27 Sep 2019


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A couple is considering leaving Ireland after receiving online racist abuse for appearing in a Lidl ad.

Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis feature in a campaign for the supermarket chain on TV and billboards.

Mr Mathis is originally from Brazil but grew up in England. The couple now live in Ireland.

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Fiona says people have abused them because of Jonathan's Brazilian background.

She says she does not think Ireland is a safe place to bring up their young son.

"We received online hate speech in response to a tweet that was tweeted by a former journalist."

"I've got a 22-month-old son who is not protected to be who he is in this country... why would I bring my son up in a country who doesn't actually protest this rights to be who he is?"


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