Leo Varadkar and partner Matt Barrett ‘forced to move house’ over death threats
4th April 2021
New Netflix releases this week in April – full listMike Brown on the move after 16 years with Harlequins© David Rogers/Getty Images Leo Varadkar looks on with his partner Matt Barrett during the Guinness Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland
Leo Varadkar has reportedly been forced to move house over “credible” death threats.
It emerged in recent weeks that the Tanaiste has seen his security team increased after receiving several menacing messages, which are understood to have been taken “extremely seriously” by gardai.
It is the role of the Special Detective Unit to provide armed protection to Mr Varadkar.
Normally, the Tanaiste has an armed garda driver, but his detail has been ramped up on a 24-hour basis.
It is now understood that after receiving more messages, he and his partner Matt Barrett have been forced to leave their home in Castleknock.
Some of the threats are of a homophobic nature, while others are from far-right extremists, including anti-lockdown supporters, according to the Irish Independent.
It is understood that several people believed to be behind the threats have been identified as having potential to cause harm to Mr Varadkar.
Elsewhere, the PSNI has reportedly been in touch with gardai over threats from loyalist paramilitary groups against Mr Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.
It is understood that such threats are related to fallout from Brexit?