Belfast graffiti targeting Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney being investigated 6 months ago

Belfast graffiti targeting Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney being investigated

This is the second sinister graffiti threat in Belfast this year targeting the Tánaiste.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney's home addresses have been graffitied on two walls in Belfast.

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The PSNI have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the writings.

The Tánaiste's address was sprayed on a wall at the junction of the Newtownards Road and Belvoir Street in east Belfast.

Meanwhile, Minister Coveney's address was daubed on the wall of a commercial premises at the Newtownards Road.

The Irish Independent report that the graffiti is suspected to be part of a campaign by loyalists angry with the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol in the EU-UK Brexit agreement.

A spokesperson for the PSNI told JOE: "Police are aware of graffiti at the junction of Newtownards Road and Belvoir Street and at commercial premises at the Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

"Relevant partner agencies have been informed and enquiries are ongoing."

A garda spokesperson also told JOE: "The PSNI are the primary investigators of these incidents and are best suited to provide comment.

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"As is usual in any such matters, An Garda Síochána will provide whatever assistance is required.

"An Garda Síochána does not comment on security matters relating to named VIPs."

This is the second sinister graffiti threat in Belfast this year that has targeted the Tánaiste.

Another in January sprayed on a wall in Belvoir warned Varadkar not to cross the border in Northern Ireland.