The Sunday Independent has reported that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan and the Deputy CMO Dr. Ronan Glynn had received ‘threatening and menacing’ phonecalls to their homes on Friday night.
A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that a number of reports of menacing phonecalls have been made and a full investigation will be launched.
RTE journalist Fergal Bowers also announced on Twitter that he received a phonecall from an anonymous person, asking people if they recognise the voice and confirming he will contact the relevant authorities.
A number of Government Ministers have said they were shocked and sickened to hear of the anonymous phonecalls.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the calls were “absolutely appalling” and that the public health officials deserve respect and support.
“It is absolutely appalling that public health doctors advising Government would be targeted with abuse for doing their jobs in the middle of a pandemic,” Donnelly said.
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris also said, “our public health officials have been working around the clock for well over a year now to keep us safe and provide us with the best possible expert advice.”
“Sickened to hear of abusive calls being directed at them and their families.”