Tuesday 19 September 2017

DPP to decide on Taoiseach threat file

Edwin McGreal

THE DPP is to decide whether a man will be charged after a death threat was made against the Taoiseach on a social media website.

A complaint was made to gardai in Castlebar, Co Mayo, by Enda Kenny's parliamentary secretary Ger Deere on the Taoiseach's behalf on Thursday morning over an alleged comment made on a Facebook page almost three weeks ago.

The page in question is a campaign called 'Save the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar' and the following comment was posted on May 18: "If they close this hospital I'll shoot Enda Kenny JFK assassination-style."

A Castlebar man was taken in for questioning following the complaint.

FUTURE

Gardai have confirmed they were investigating a complaint about a comment on Facebook and a file was being sent to the DPP.

The future of the Sacred Heart Hospital had been a contentious political issue in recent months. However, Mr Kenny announced the provision of €11m in funding on Wednesday evening, which he said would secure the future of the care facility in the town.

Mr Deere, a member of Castlebar Town Council, said that by not taking down the comment, those behind the campaign had erred greatly.

"The comment was a very serious one and we felt it should be passed on to the gardai. It crossed the line," he said.

Conor Smyth, the administrator of the Save the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar Facebook page, said he had no comment to make concerning the alleged threat to the Taoiseach as the matter was now with the gardai.

Irish Independent

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