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Anne Rabbitte has spoken about a threatening phone call she received in the middle of the night during the recent Beef protests.
The Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East described how her phone rang at 3am and someone she didn't know said to her, "we know where you are, you need to back off the lines, we will get you" and they repeated "are you hearing me, we will get you".
She told the RTÉ Politics podcast how she was "knocked for six" and that she didn’t want to tell anyone what had happened because it made her vulnerable.
"You don’t want to be vulnerable; it’s a sign of political weakness"
Deputy Rabbitte said she had been supporting farmers and going to the protest lines but after the phone call she stayed away for two days. She said once she shared what had happened to her, she gained strength from the farmers support.
She was speaking after a survey by RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke showed over half of TDs who responded had received a death threat while several female TDs had been threatened with rape.