The controversial founder of Pegida, the anti-Islamist group, is to speak in Limerick later this month "to highlight the mass sexual assaults on European women by Muslim men", which they claim has been covered up by the political class across Europe.

The announcement by Identity Ireland, an affiliate group, of the imminent talk and its subject matter has prompted a number of politicians to urge Pegida to "stay away from Limerick and not to stir up divisions".

Lutz Bachmann, the German founder of the ring-wing organisation, has accepted an invitation to speak in Limerick in late June. An exact date and venue has yet to be announced.

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