Fine Gael Councillor Receives Obscene Hate Mail Over Campaign Against Drumcondra Sex Shop

"I saw the handwriting and thought there's something funny here"


It's not been the best week for Dublin councillor Noel Rock.

Last weekend, he was punched in the face in an attempted mugging while looking for a taxi – and today, he received a piece of hate mail that certainly ranks up there with the worst we've seen.

The letter was in relation to a sex shop in Drumcondra that was opposed by residents, due to its location in a residential area and opposite a school. Rock, who was recently selected as a Fine Gael candidate for the upcoming general election, got involved with the campaign on behalf of the concerned residents – and ultimately the shop did not open at the intended premises.

"This wasn't an anti-sex shop campaign," the councillor told Lovin Dublin. "100% of the residents were behind it, it wasn't even a community-splitting issue.

"But we did see some comments online saying 'Oh Catholic Ireland is alive and well'," he added. "So I saw the handwriting and thought there's something funny here."

Rock, however, has taken the incident in his stride – an approach he's also taken towards his assault over the weekend.

"I'm not the first politician to wake up with a sore jaw," he said.