Stephen Donnelly says his family should "never" be involved in attacks aimed at him 3 weeks ago

Stephen Donnelly says his family should "never" be involved in attacks aimed at him

Donnelly called such actions "a line that should never be crossed".

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said his family should "never" be involved in attacks targeted at him in his role as the Minister for Health.

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Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, the Minister opened up about being in the political spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the abuse he receives, Donnelly said it's "nonsense" to say it doesn't have an impact on him, adding: "We're all human and none of us want to be attacked."

Donnelly told the show he understands that people are angry and frustrated living through the difficult times caused by the pandemic.

He stated: "Inevitably if you're one of the public figures of this, you're going to attract attacks."

However, the Minister said involving his family in these attacks or targeting his home is "just a line that should never be crossed".

It was reported in February that Donnelly's house had been attacked and that it was the subject of a Garda investigation.

A large fence was erected on his property for security reasons after a number of items were thrown at the windows of his home and left on his doorstep.

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Donnelly told Newstalk: "It shouldn't be tolerated... but we've got to make sure that politics is something that people aspire to do.

"What I'm doing right now, professionally, is by a million miles the greatest honour of my life."

Earlier this week, Donnelly announced that nearly four million Covid-19 vaccines are projected to arrive in Ireland over the next three months but stressed the figures are "subject to change".