Martial artist and former UFC champion Conor McGregor is currently under investigation by Irish authorities for alleged “online hate speech.” This investigation follows McGregor’s recent comments on social media regarding mass migration and its impacts in Ireland. He expressed his concern about the consequences of mass migration, highlighting issues such as a chronic housing shortage and its effect on the affordability of basic living for many citizens.
Do not let any irish property be took over unannounced. Evaporate said property. It’s a war.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 22, 2023
McGregor’s remarks came in response to an incident where three children were reportedly stabbed by an Algerian migrant in Dublin. He criticized the response of authorities to the stabbing and to the subsequent protests by Irish citizens.
His social media posts, in which he condemned the stabbing and criticized the police chief for his handling of the situation, have drawn attention from the Gardai, the Irish police force. These posts are being assessed as part of a probe into the dissemination of online hate speech.
Despite McGregor’s clear disavowal of looting and criminality in his posts, the investigation into his comments is ongoing. The situation has sparked a broader debate on free speech and the balance between expressing concerns about national issues and the risk of promoting hate speech.
Innocent children ruthlessly stabbed by a mentally deranged non-national in Dublin, Ireland today. Our chief of police had this to say on the riots in the aftermath. Drew, not good enough. There is grave danger among us in Ireland that should never be here in the first place, and… https://t.co/ac6j1GIjXD
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 23, 2023
This development comes in the context of the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announcing new hate speech laws in reaction to the stabbings and subsequent riots.