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Friday 22 August 2014

Same person behind both anti-Semitic packages sent to Shatter

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 09/04/2014 | 08:30

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Alan Shatter leaves his house and (inset) the Army investigates a suspicious package found at his home
Alan Shatter leaves his house and (inset) the Army investigates a suspicious package found at his home

Gardai believe that the same person who sent anti-Semitic material to Justice Minister Alan Shatter's home and place of work last week is also responsible for a security alert which led to Rathfarnham Garda Station being evacuated yesterday.

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Yesterday morning's incident was declared a hoax after three hours when gardai established that powder contained in an envelope addressed to Mr Shatter's home was ash.

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The envelope, like last week's letter, also contained anti-Semitic material.

Last night, gardai had not identified who was responsible for the latest incident but were "studying the postmark".

"There are a lot of similarities between what was discovered yesterday and what was found last Wednesday at the Minister's home so obviously that is being looked at," a source said.

"Apart from the obvious distress that this is causing to Mr Shatter and his family, investigating these matters is costing a lot of money and time," a source added.

The latest alert was raised shortly after 6am yesterday when a supervisor at a sorting office at Edmonstown Road, noticed what he believed to be traces of powder around the edge of a package addressed to Mr Shatter's Ballinteer home.

POWDER

After last week's incident gardai had asked staff to be vigilant when dealing with any packages addressed to the minister.

Staff contacted the gardai and the package was taken in a patrol car to Rathfarnham garda station while an Army bomb disposal team was sought.

Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Mr Shatter warned about the rise of anti-Semitism and said was "particularly conscious" of intolerance and racism as a "member of a minority in this country".

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