Fear and loathing in Ashbourne

Fear and loathing in Ashbourne
Above: Gemma O’Doherty is the leading light in the new political party Anti-Corruption Ireland

Conspiracy theories, dire warnings about Muslims, a terror of immigration, an obsession with George Soros: welcome to the world of Anti-Corruption Ireland, the new political party founded by former journalist Gemma O’Doherty

Gemma O’Doherty stands in the Tara Room of the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath with a beatific smile on her face. The crowd is about 150-strong, more than she expected, and they’ve had to pull out extra chairs to accommodate everyone.

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