Fine Gael TD 'receives death threat' following Dáil comments

Fine Gael TD 'receives death threat' following Dáil comments
Deputy Noel Coonan speaking in the Dáil earlier today

Gardaí are investigating a death threat to a Fine Gael TD following comments by him in the Dáil earlier today.

Tipperary North TD Noel Coonan compared water charge protestors to Islamic State militants and suggested that protestors in Dublin were "parasites" who were "living off country people".

During the Dáil debate on the new water charges regime in the Dáil today Deputy Coonan referred to "the so-called wealthy socialist party" led by "the Murph and company", a reference to newly-elected Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy, whose role in Saturday's protest in Jobstown has been criticised by Government politicians.

"I think that that needs to be nipped in the bud," he said.

"If not we are facing potentially what is an 'ISIS' situation… if those people are allowed to do what they are doing, God help this country."

But following those comments a death threat was phoned to a staff member at Deputy Coonan's Tipperary office this evening.

Gardai are now investigating.

Investigations are also continuing after four bomb and death threats were made against fellow Tipperary TD, Environment Minister Alan Kelly this week.

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