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Man arrested after car drives through closed gates of Sinn Féin TD's home

Gardaí said they were investigating an incident of ‘endangerment’.

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny
Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny
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Updated Sep 30th 2022, 1:01 PM

A MAN HAS been arrested after a car was driven through the gates of the home of Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny in Co Leitrim. 

Gardaí said they attended a “road traffic collision” in Aughavas at around 2am yesterday and that a man, aged in his 40s, was taken to Cavan General Hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

In a later statement today, gardaí said they were investigating an incident of ‘endangerment’.  

A man, aged in his 40s, was arrested this morning on suspicion of endangerment, the statement said. He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Carrick-On-Shannon Garda Station. 

Leitrim Live reports a vehicle drove through the closed gates of the property, narrowly missing the house.

Kenny told Leitrim Live that his wife was alone in the house at the time of the incident. 

He said it was “extremely traumatic and distressful” for her and their family. 

“I would like to thank gardaí and ambulance services who arrived quickly on the scene to deal with the incident and the driver of the vehicle,” he said. 

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing. 

Separately, a man was arrested in November 2019 in relation to the burning of Kenny’s car outside his home. 

The TD had submitted death threats he had received to gardaí, following a speech he made about asylum seekers in the Dáil Chamber almost two weeks prior to the incident. 

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