Gardai planning low-key security as protests loom
Published 04/09/2010 | 05:00
Gardai have planned a relatively low-key security operation to protect former British prime minister Tony Blair during his book signing at Eason's shop on O'Connell Street, Dublin, today.
Dissident republican group, eirigi are to stage a demonstration outside the bookshop to highlight their opposition to his visit here.
Gardai fear that the protesters will attempt to stage a publicity stunt by pretending to make a "citizens' arrest" but say they have no intelligence to indicate that violence will be used.
Senior officers have been liaising with Mr Blair's security advisers in the run up to his visit and armed Special Branch detectives will mingle with the crowd during the demonstration.
Last night, eirigi spokesman Daithi Mac an Mhaistir called on the gardai to arrest Mr Blair for "war crimes".