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Miss Ireland hopeful receiving abusive messages amid competition scandal

Miss Ireland hopeful Katie Cooley has said she has been inundated with messages about the organisation’s ‘outdated’ rules of eligibility.

This week, former contestant Blue Scannell pulled out of the competition after questioning a rule which states that an entrant must have ‘never given birth to a child’.

The rules of eligibility for Miss Ireland are in line with the rules of Miss World.

The organisation sunk further into the hot water for selling votes to the public for their preferred candidates.

Miss Dublin finalist Katie Cooley told Joe Duffy on RTE’s Liveline that she and many other entrants have been in the firing line of several abusive messages over the controversy.

‘I’ve already gotten a lot of messages saying that I should be ashamed of myself,’ she said.

‘I have a very thick skin, I can take it. But I know a lot of girls who have been dropping out because people are putting pressure on them, saying that they should rethink their life. It’s just inappropriate.

‘If you want to put your energy into something, sign Blue’s petition or email Miss World, don’t be sending me or any other contestants messages.’

Current Miss Ireland Chelsea Farrell, who has slammed the competition as ‘outdated’, has said several girls have reached out to her over the abuse.

‘So many girls have reached out to me, there is quite a bit of this happening at the minute,’ the titleholder said.

‘That’s not fair. This problem does not lie in the hands of current contestants.’

Chelsea also said that this situation highlights the ‘lack of support’ given by the organisation to the girls in the competition.

Katie told the radio programme that Miss Ireland had in fact been in contact with her over the messages.

‘They have been very supportive, I have nothing bad to say about them on that part.’

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