Labor candidate who tweeted anti-Irish slurs to attend anti-racism training
A Labor candidate who tweeted an anti-Irish slur has been ordered to undergo anti-racism training.
An old tweet from 2016 in which Council hopeful Amanda Kerr referred to “taigs” recently resurfaced.
She has since apologized for the remarks, which she called “disgusting”.
The party confirmed that she would be required to undergo “appropriate equality training” after the tweet came to light.
Jeanette Findlay, chair of the anti-cult charity Call It Out, appealed for the candidate to apologise.
She said: “Kerr should apologize to the multi-generational Irish community and disavow this racist comment as a matter of urgency.
“If she doesn’t, then the Labor Party, locally and nationally, should dissociate itself from her.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Greens said: “There can be no place in modern Scotland for anti-Catholic prejudice like this.
“It is incumbent upon the Scottish Labor Party to reflect on its candidate selection process with this in mind, and that the candidate, at the very least, offer a sincere apology to the Scottish Catholic community.”
Kerr’s comments were revealed in tweets discovered on his official campaign Twitter account.
In 2016, in response to an account that has since been suspended by the site’s moderators, Kerr tweeted, “Holy shit I’m far from a miserable asshole.
“Ffs you would think he was a taig making horrible assumptions like that lol”.
Kerr said: “These disgusting comments in no way reflect my views and I am deeply sorry for the distress they have caused.
“Anti-Catholic bigotry is real and has no place in Scottish life. I apologize unreservedly to the Scottish Catholic community.”
A Scottish Labor spokesperson said: “These comments are completely unacceptable and the candidate has apologized unreservedly.
“Ms. Kerr will need to undergo appropriate equality training.
“All Scottish Labor Party candidates are committed to representing the aims and values of the Scottish Labor Party and will be held to the highest standard.”
Kerr hopes to sit on North Ayrshire Council, representing the seaside town of Ardrossan, after the May election.
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