The hate campaign against the local Minister for the Environment intensified this Tuesday morning with a second more menacing threat being made to his Nenagh staff and himself.
A caller to the Minister’s office at Summerhill told a shocked staff member that they were going to “put a bullet in his (Minister Kelly’s) head before the end of the day”.
The sinister call came just one day after a woman caller threatened to bomb the office. Both threats have been reported to the local Gardai. However, local gardai said they couldn’t comment on the matter.
The Tipperary Star understands that when the staff member answered the call they were asked if that was the Minister’s office. When they replied it was, the woman caller said: “Just to let you know we’ll put a bullet in his head before the end of the day. And we’ll come down and put a bullet in your head, too, you rich f**k. We won’t be paying water charges.”
When the staff member said they would not listen to false threats, the caller said: “You should listen because you are both scum and who said they were false threats.”
Another staff member said that the person who took the call was “fairly shaken”. They said it was difficult to know whether or not it was the same female as the one who made the bomb threat on Monday, and that the Gardai were now dealing with it.
Minister Kelly was not available for comment this Tuesday afternoon as he was attending a full Cabinet meeting. Minister Kelly has described Monday’s incident as “shocking” and “appalling”, and “a very traumatic and upsetting experience for all staff”.
The latest incident comes days ahead of next Saturday’s planned, second anti-water tax protest in Nenagh. Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Tanaiste Joan Burton, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have been the target of protests this week, with Ms Burton being subjected to abuse and threats in Tallaght; Mr Kenny was surrounded by protesters in Sligo and Mr Noonan in Limerick.