Gardaí investigate death threat letter that was hand-delivered to Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Frank Feighan
Frank Feighan

Gardaí are investigating a “sinister” death threat which was hand-delivered to Fine GaelTD Frank Feighan.

The Roscommon/South Leitrim said he was shocked to receive the hand-written letter to his constituency office in Boyle.

The message reads: “I know the time you leave the house and I see you coming home.

“You will get a bullet before long, you gay b***ard. RIP.” The Fine Gael TD was shaken after he received the note.”

The Roscommon-South Leitrim TD described the threat as “a new low” and posted a small extract from the letter on Twitter, noting: “Four years of threats and abuse continue as I leave office.”

Mr Feighan said that the letter had been dropped into the letter box of his constituency office, which is directly under his mother’s home.

He said his secretary became upset when she opened the post and saw the letter, and rang him immediately.

He said that, because of the sinister nature of the letter, he decided to pass it onto gardaí.

Mr Feighan said he had no doubt that the threat was directly related to the Roscommon Hospital issue, which involves the downgrading of services at the hospital.

The letter refers to the hospital and to ambulance services.

Mr Feighan said he did not have any suspicions as to the identity of the letter writer.

“I have not a clue - but the content could not be ignored,” he said.

While there had been other threats this one was “particularly sinister”, he said.