"Whoever sent this is a scumbag": Alan Kelly hits out at threatening package

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"Scumbag": Minister Kelly hits out at those responsible for hoax package
"Scumbag": Minister Kelly hits out at those responsible for hoax package

Minister Alan Kelly has hit out at those responsible for sending him and his staff a threatening package last week.

In his first interview since his office was sent a suspicious package, the Minister for the Environment said he is used to threats but said it was cowardly to target his staff. 

On Friday afternoon, a package containing a suspicious substance along with a threatening letter were delivered to his office in Nenagh, Tipperary. 

The office was evacuated and emergency services, including the army bomb disposal team, were called to the scene. Following an examination of the package it was declared a hoax threat and the scene was declared safe. 

Speaking to Tipp Fm, Minister Kelly paid tribute to his staff for their resolve. 

"The Gardaí know my movements, all day, every day, I go through that all the time so I'm used to that, but this is a different level.

"The lads inside my office, to be subjected to something like that - where their safety is an issue now - is a level which I've never encountered before.

"Whoever sent this is a scumbag, it's as simple as that."

It wasn't the first time the politician has been sent a suspicious package. 

In November last year an individual called his constituency office and informed his assistant there was a device on the premises. In July, he revealed his family were the subject of death threats.