A senator with connections to Co Cavan says she wants to inspire people to voice their opinions and not be afraid to do so.
Sharon Keoghan - an Independent in Seanad Eireann - was speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning.
Accused of being 'far right' in the past, Senator Keoghan says people are quick to label others.
She highlighted how "feelings" can't be legislated for, and members of the public have become afraid to voice their opinions for fear of backlash from others.
"At this moment in time, people are afraid to voice their opinions," the Senator added.
"They are afraid to put them on social media or say, 'hold on I don't like that'.
"There is a real fear out there of stopping people from talking.
"There are people who agree with what I say but they are very much afraid of saying it out loud.
"I want to give people that courage and hope that it is okay to say how you feel."