Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has stated that protesting outside the homes of politicians and public figures is crossing the line.
McEntee is currently awaiting a review from the Department of Justice into the safety of politicians but is also willing to look for “safe spaces” for everyone.
The fatal stabbing of UK Conservative MP David Amess triggered concerns regarding the safety of politicians, particularly in the wake of recent protests taking place outside the homes of Irish politicians such as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
Explaining that she doesn’t feel unsafe as a minister, Ms. McEntee said there were times in public when she didn’t feel safe.
She is currently awaiting the outcome of the review carried out by the Department of Health before deciding which way to proceed.
She stated, “There are always places where people can protest” while adding, “but when it moves to a person’s home, that’s crossing a line.”
She went on to say that family members of politicians, who are not involved in politics, shouldn’t have to deal with the burden of politically-based protests.
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