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Friday 1 August 2014

'Concern' but no plans to hike security

Brian Dowling and Treacy Hogan

Published 11/08/2006|00:11

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THE Government last night expressed "deep concern" at the terror plot, but there are no immediate plans to increase security here. Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan, speaking after the meeting of the National Security Committee, said: "All intelligence indications are that the plot was conceived in relation to the UK and intended to be implemented there." Ms Coughlan said there was no reason to believe there was any specific threat against this country but she called on all travellers to maintain a high degree of vigilence.

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THE Government last night expressed "deep concern" at the terror plot, but there are no immediate plans to increase security here.

Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan, speaking after the meeting of the National Security Committee, said: "All intelligence indications are that the plot was conceived in relation to the UK and intended to be implemented there."

Ms Coughlan said there was no reason to believe there was any specific threat against this country.

But she called on all travellers to maintain a high degree of vigilence and said the present security arrangements at Irish airports would be maintained.

Ms Coughlan said the Irish security services were in constant contact with their UK counterparts and beyond to monitor any potential threats or risks that might emerge.

Ireland, she said, had adequate security arrangements in place and was capable of dealing any potential threats in airports like Dublin or Shannon.

But she stressed that there was no change to the present security status of Irish airports.

The minister pointed out that US Homeland Security had introduced new restrictions that would affect those travelling from Ireland to America.

Ms Coughlan said the national security committee, comprising the gardai, Defence Forces and top civil servants from key Government departments would keep the Taoiseach and relevant ministers informed of their ongoing assessment of any potential threats.

Transport Minister Martin Cullen said: "There is no increased security risk at Irish airports."

His department would continue to closely monitor the situation in conjuction with the gardai.

Mr Cullen said security measures at airports were assessed regularly and adjusted in response to incidents. He added the UK authorities were not requiring any additional security measures to be taken at Irish airports. Meanwhile, organisers of the Ryder Cup said yesterday they would be closely monitoring the security situation in the run-up to next month's tournament.

There were fears yesterday that thousands of US tourists might decide not to travel to Ireland for golf's premier sporting event amid concerns that terrorists might make further attempts to destroy aircraft.

"The Ryder Cup will continue to work with the gardai to monitor the international and domestic security situation. This will be closely monitored over the coming weeks," director Richard Hill said.

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