|By John Mooney|
The Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory, a report published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London, is co-written by Aoife Gallagher, who believes the QAnon movement is growing steadily in Ireland.
There are a number of Irish Facebook groups discussing QAnon and although they only have between 500 and 1,000 followers, these numbers have been steadily increasing in recent months reflecting international trends. The conversations within these groups are varied. Some breed Irish-specific conspiracies and disinformation, which often involve attempting to link high-profile individuals to paedophilia and child trafficking.
QAnon first emerged on fringe internet sites in 2017, when an anonymous individual or group, styling themselves as “Q”, began posting material claiming the world was controlled by a “deep state” that Trump was fighting. QAnon believers think its anonymous leader has access to classified information which shows politicians and celebrities are working to ruin Trump, while engaging in Satanic worship and child sex trafficking.
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