The influx of modified cars bearing offensive slogans against women has shock among local women this weekend. 

The Joule Donegal International Rally has attracted thousands of visitors to the county in the last three days. However, some rally fans have strayed far from the ethos of the event.

Cars displaying sexist slogans and poems, customised for Donegal 2018, are being driven around local towns.

The slogans have been described as ‘vile’, ‘sickening’ and ‘unacceptable’.

Donegal County Councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “This is an absolute disgrace and shows the misogyny that exists within our society.”

Parents who have been driving with children in their cars have strongly criticised the sexist messages on display, while local women have been personally offended by the behaviour of such drivers.

The Donegal Women’s Centre said they have received a number of calls from concerned and upset women.

A spokesperson said: “These stickers totally demean and degrade women and should not be tolerated.”

The centre are encouraging people to note car registrations and report the misogynistic stickers to the Gardai.

“If you are aware of a family member displaying any obscene images, please tell them to remove them. They are not funny or cool or only a bit of fun……they are causing genuine upset and hurt.”

The centre shared support helplines for anyone who has been affected by these images or by sexual violence:

Contact Donegal Rape Crisis on 1800 448844
24 hr helpline 1800 778888
Letterkenny Garda Station 074 9167100
Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) 24 hr on call no 0870681964