Alan Kelly says he and his family have faced "upsetting" threats to their safety

The Environment Minister said gardaí are in constant contact with him about ‘dissident' concerns

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Labour’s Alan Kelly says he and his ‘young family’ face 'upsetting' threats to their safety.

In an emotional speech to supporters in his Tipperary constituency, the Environment Minister revealed that gardaí are in constant contact with him about ‘dissident' concerns.

The Minister says threats from water protesters and other elements targeted his wife and children and were ‘very nasty’.

Minister Alan Kelly says he is concerned about the threats facing his family.

Speaking at the launch of his election campaign in Nenagh last night, he explained, "I believe in always sharing everything with your family to make them fully aware of what's going on. There were some emotional times.

"The lads in the office got so much stuff - post, phone calls and other threats. It was just a difficult time," he added.