Investigation launched after criminals threaten to shoot TD
A garda investigation has been launched after two separate death threats were made to a well-known TD.
A criminal threatened to shoot Limerick deputy Maurice Quinlivan after the politician intervened in a dispute over "wandering horses" in the city a number of years ago, the Limerick Leader is reporting.
In the second incident, which happened late last year, the deputy was threatened in a call to his constituency office on Denmark Street in the city.
Mr Quinlivan told Independent.ie: "There was a call to my constituency office and somebody said: 'You better watch your back, you're going to be shot'."
Mr Quinlivan said "two serious threats" were made, which gardai are now investigating.
Maurice Quinlivan (Image via Independent.ie)
The Sinn Féin TD said that his family and friends were concerned about the threats.
"It does cause a lot of stress and tension in your family," he said. "It is absolutely not going to stop me doing my work. I have no fear of them."
The issue was raised last night at a metropolitan district meeting in Limerick City by Cllr John Costello.
The local politician explained that his party colleague raised an issue about horses and "a gang member in Moyross threatened him that he was going to be shot".
Cllr Costello added: "These people are riding roughshod over the whole community. They cannot dictate the policy of council either. The council has a responsibility to do its best for the local area."
Mr Quinlivan explained that his colleague was referring to an incident involving a northside drugs gang in 2013. At the time, a full-scale garda investigation was launched and he was given advice about his safety.
"There is a small element [of people] who think they can run every estate, but we won't let this happen."
A garda spokesman said they do not discuss named individuals.