This plus-size model suffered a tirade of racist abuse after taking control of Ireland's national Twitter account

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A woman was targeted by several racist trolls after taking the helm of Ireland's Twitter feed.

The @Ireland account is curated by a different person each week, representing the "varied voices" of the country.

This week it was the turn of Michelle Marie, a plus-size model originally from Oxford, but who now lives in Ireland.

Michelle Marie poses for camera in black one-piece

Despite introducing herself with a positive message, the responses quickly turned nasty, with one asking Michelle to "return to (her) ancestral lands".

Another said: "You're an African with an IQ in the 80´s representing a Northern European Island nation that has nothing to do with you."

Meanwhile many used more abusive and offensive language.

These users have since been suspended from Twitter but plenty of abuse remains.

Some users also chose to target Michelle over her weight.

Many on Twitter were supportive of Michelle though and condemned the abuse.

Twitter has reportedly suspended the accounts of many of those who abused Michelle, while many users were also positive about the tone and message with which she has handled the account.

Michelle signed off for the evening with a reply to the abuse.

She said she had "eight hours of non-stop hate" thrown at her and she was "hurt, shocked and appalled" by the abuse, but thanked those who had showed her "kindness and support". She managed not to let it get her down though, even replying with a quote from top Irish sitcom Father Ted.

The Twitter account was created by Irish Central "based around the idea that a single voice cannot represent a country". The aim is that by using a variety of Twitter curators they can "connect Ireland to the world and the world to Ireland".