Gerry Adams has warned Sinn Féin activists not to engage in cyber-bullying.
Mr Adams said his own members, and he himself, had in the past been subjected to “really, really gross abuse” on social media.
“I myself have never made an issue over this. I simply just block the people. But I myself have been subjected to it on many, many occasions,” the Sinn Féin president said.
Mr Adams was speaking at the start of his party’s pre-Dáil think-in at a hotel in Co Meath. The programme for TDs, Senators and Northern Ireland assembly members, includes a talk from a Twitter executive on the issue of cyber-bullying – how to avoid it and deal with it.
Adams issued a stern warning to party members and supporters never to engage in abuse on social media.
“We’re very, very resolute about this. No one representing Sinn Féin should be engaged in anything other than the very, very best of behaviour in whatever form of dialogue, or debate, or argument they’re involved in, but particularly in terms of social media,” he warned.
“Because a lot of people’s heads were down when they were on the receiving end of it,” Mr Adams added.
The meeting, which continues tomorrow, will also hear from ICTU general secretary, Patricia King. The members will discuss the NAMA report, Brexit, and water charges.