'A bullet will be put in his head': second death threat to Environment Minister in 24 hours

Alan Kelly

Barry Duggan and Robin Schiller

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has been warned "a bullet will be put in his head" in a second chilling death threat in the space of 24 hours.

Gardai are investigating after a woman rang his office and warned he would be shot "before the end of the day".

Staff working for Mr Kelly took the call - the second sinister threat issued to his constituency office. The identity of the caller is unknown.

Mr Kelly has been at the centre of efforts to calm public anger over the Irish Water fiasco.

On Monday, his office in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, received a phone call from a person saying: "We'll bomb you f**kers."

Gardai attempt to remove a water protester from the bonnet of the car carrying Taoiseach Enda Kenny after demonstrators surrounded him as he arrived at a function in Sligo last night. Photo: James Connolly.

A crowd of over 400 people protest against the incoming water charges at a meeting attended by Enda Kenny, at the Sligo Park Hotel. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

Water meter installation protests in Donaghmede, Dublin yesterday. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Deputy Paul Murphy (centre).

Protesters are confronted by gardai outside the Mansion House in Dublin yesterday. Photo: El Keegan

Paul Murphy TD (front) has been to the fore in the campaign against water charges

A garda tries to restrain a protester at the Mansion House yesterday where Taoiseach Enda Kenny was heckled

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However, the latest threat is regarded as being far more calculated.

When the staff member answered the call early yesterday morning they were asked if it was Minister Kelly's office.

After confirming that it was, the caller said: "A bullet will be put 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?"

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A source said the person who made the shooting threat spoke in a very "matter of fact" tone.

"She was not rambling in any way and spoke deliberately in a direct manner," the source said.

It is not yet known if the woman who made the call is the same person behind Monday's threat.