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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Gardai on high alert during visit

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Q THREE-HUNDRED gardai will be on standby today to deal with any disturbances in Dublin city centre during the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters.

Contingency plans have been drawn up to combat an outbreak of violence but senior garda officers said last night they had no intelligence indicating trouble.

Peaceful protests would be facilitated, officers added, but they urged organisers to make contact beforehand with the gardai in Pearse Street station.

Meanwhile, gardai from other regions have been moved into the Border counties to make up a force of 900 officers involved in Operation Shield.

A command post has been set up at Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, where Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny will co-ordinate policing activities from Cavan to Monaghan, Leitrim and Donegal while overseeing liaison with the PSNI.

Bus-loads of demonstrators are expected to be ferried into the area today.

Gardai are also monitoring the movements of dissident republicans, who could attempt to take advantage of the focus on Lough Erne to stage a terrorist-related incident elsewhere.

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