The Gardai in Nenagh are investigating alleged bomb threats made to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly’s office this Monday morning.
It is beleived that a woman phoned the office at Summerhill in Nenagh shortly 9am and was abusive to a member of his staff before making the alleged bomb threat.
Minister Kelly has described the incident as “shocking” and “appalling”. “I condemn this deplorable behaviour,”
“This call was of a menacing and threatening nature. Gardaí were subsequently called and the staff member who received the threat was interviewed and made a full statement to detectives,” he said in a statement.
Minister Kelly described the incident as a “very traumatic and upsetting experience for all staff”.
The latest incident over proposed water charges comes days ahead of next Saturday’s planned anti-water tax protest in Nenagh, the second protest in the North Tipperary town.
It follows on from last Saturday’s protest in Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin, in which Minister for Social Welfare and Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for two-and-a-half hours by protestors. Minister Burton was hit by a water balloon and she and a staff member were subjected to abuse ebfore they managed to get away.
Socialist Paul Murphy, who was involved in organising the protest, has maintained that the event was a peaceful protest.