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Belfast graffiti containing names and addresses of Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney 'unjustified'

 Police are investigating the latest graffiti threat against Leo Varadkar in Belfast.

GRAFFITI in loyalist areas targeting senior members of the Dublin government has no justification, an MP has said.

The PSNI is investigating the graffiti in Belfast that contains the names and addresses of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

Daubed on walls in the east of the city, it was reported to have had the home addresses of both Mr Varadkar and Mr Coveney.

Spokespersons for the Fine Gael ministers have declined to comment on the latest acts of vandalism.

Graffiti that threatened Mr Varadkar and warned the tánaiste not to cross the border was previously condemned after it appeared in January.

Police said they were aware of the latest graffiti, which is understood to have appeared on Tuesday at the junction of Newtownards Road and Belvoir Street, and also at commercial premises on the Newtownards Road.

"Relevant partner agencies have been informed and enquiries are ongoing," a PSNI statement said.

The sinister messages come amid growing unionist hostility to the Irish Sea border.

The graffiti was condemned by South Belfast SDLP MP Claire Hanna.

She said: "Threats and intimidation are the politics of the past - people didn’t want that then and they don’t want it now.

"It’s not justified and should stop."

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