Stephen Donnelly has said that he has “nothing to say” to the protestors who gathered outside his home over the weekend.
A group of protestors against the Covid vaccine and facemasks gathered outside the Health Minister’s home on Sunday (November 28).
This comes as the CMO Dr Tony Holohan and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar have also had their homes targeted by protesters over the last year.
The home of RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy was also targeted.
At the protest outside Mr Donnelly’s home, video footage shows a man screaming into an intercom outside his house. He can also be heard shouting about Donnelly and his “suit and little bag”.
We live “a very decent society” – Donnelly
Speaking recently, Stephen Donnelly said that he has “nothing to say to those people”.
He stated that while protesting is important for democracy, the Wicklow TD has called it an “overt attempt at intimidation”.
“What I would say more broadly is that we live in a very decent society”, Donnelly told Claire Byrne.
“I’ve lived in a bunch of countries around the world, loved them all, but we have an inherent decency and compassion in this country that we need to protect”.
He also added, “As Health Minister, one of the things that I’ve been so proud of and so in awe of is the response of the Irish people to this awful pandemic that we’ve been dealing with”.
“The response of people in our country, stepping up, taking care of each other, just doing the right thing”.
He added that “this kind of carry on has no place in our society”.
“There is a very important place for protests, we’ve all been involved in protests. It’s essential in an open democracy that we do that”, he insisted.
“But I think going to peoples’ houses, no matter who they are is an overt attempt at intimidation, and drawing peoples’ families into things, I think has no place in our society”.