This is the latest part of an undercover investigation into the tacit and sometimes overt support for antifascist harassment among elements of the Irish media and political class. We advise you to listen to all leaked audio and read all leaked data in full before reading the below article. All audio can be found on our Youtube. Audio has been edited in parts for legal reasons, as well as to protect the names of third parties.
Dr Lucy Michael is an academic active in a variety of anti-racist NGOs and initiatives across Ireland. A self described expert on immigration and diversity, she holds a PhD in Criminology from Keele University.
Dr Michael has been an active contributor to a range of anti-racist organisations, among those the Open Society funded Irish Network Against Racism (INAR), noted for its participation in antifascist events and consultation with the state and social media giants regarding hate speech.
Dr Michael now works for the International Organization for Migration, a UN affiliated organization headed up by an important member of the Portuguese Socialist Party.
Recently she has been the apparent driving force behind the anti-racist activist group “Fingal Communities Against Racism”, the apparant purpose of which was to challenge journalist Gemma O’Doherty’s general election campaign.
Our undercover reporters made contact with Dr Michael over her personal Twitter, where they introduced themselves as fellow antifascists.
In the records, Dr Michael promised to pass on the contact information of @IrishAntifa to the ‘Far-Right Observatory’, a seemingly informal grouping of progressive actors looking to suppress those suspected of being involved in right-leaning politics.
When asked about the risk of using violence Dr Michael replied that “I wouldn’t say no” but stressed the need to keep a broad front against the far right.
At the time of publication Dr Michael has yet to respond to our request for comment.