Tuesday 17 October 2017

Justice Minister says 'everything required is being done' to help UK authorities

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

People must be careful not to speculate about the “evolving situation” in relation to the threat posed by terrorists, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said.

The Justice Minister has stressed that “everything required is being done” to help UK authorities investigating the background of Rachid Redouane who spent a period living in Dublin.

In a statement Ms Fitzgerald said: “We are not in a position at present to comment on the movements of persons who may have been involved in the attack.

“These are the kinds of operational details that could be relevant to an ongoing investigation which is being undertaken by our closest neighbour in the most difficult and serious of circumstances.”

The Tánaiste met with Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan last night to discuss the situation but said the risk of a terrorist attack in Ireland remains unchanged.

“The expert threat assessment is that while an attack here is possible it is unlikely, and there is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism,” she said.

Ms Fitzgerald insisted that An Garda Siochana have enough resources to deal with an incident here if one was to occur.

“The level of threat from this source is kept under constant and active review by An Garda Síochána.

“The Gardaí have in place the necessary operational measures in terms of intelligence, a well-trained and equipped special intervention capability and other national support resources. They are supported in this, as needed, by the considerable skills and resources of the Defence Forces,” she said.

“The necessary resources and supports are being given to An Garda Síochána.

“Additional dedicated funding for countering terrorism was provided last year to address identified operational needs in terms of equipment and training.”

Ms Fitzgerald added that the Armed Response Unit in the Dublin region is also in a position to respond if there is an incident.

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