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Dublin's tap tax minister gets abusive bomb threat

By Brian Hutton

Security measures to protect the Republic's coalition Cabinet are under review after a bomb threat was made against a minister's office in an escalating campaign against water charges.

A woman caller telephoned Environment Minister Alan Kelly's constituency office in Co Tipperary yesterday morning, to deliver the warning. The caller warned a female staff member: "We'll bomb you f******."

Mr Kelly, the minister overseeing the hugely controversial water charges, said the call was "of a menacing and threatening nature".

The woman caller did not claim to represent any group but made clear the threat was linked to the imminent levy for water.

The threat follows a number of heated demonstrations in recent days, targeting leading government figures.

On Saturday, Tanaiste Joan Burton was barricaded in a car for over two hours in Dublin by protesters. Earlier last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was heckled during scuffles outside an event in the city.

Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald said the security of ministers would be kept under review.

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