Gardai investigated a threat to shoot Taoiseach Enda Kenny, it has been revealed.
A man was questioned by officers in Mayo after a post on a public Facebook page was discovered.
The message on the “Save the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar” site read “If they close this hospital I’ll shoot Enda Kenny JFK assassination style.”
Speaking in the Irish Sun newspaper Castlebar Town Council member Ger Deere said: “The comment was a very serious one and we felt it should be passed on to the gardai. It crossed the line.”
A garda spokesman told the paper: “We can confirm an investigation took place into a comment on a social media site. One person has been interviewed and a file is being prepared for the DPP.”
The Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar will be brought up to HIQA standards in time for the 2015 deadline, following the announcement last week that €11 million was being sanctioned for the necessary refurbishment works by the HSE.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the announcement that the hospital has now been included in the HSE's Capital Programme.