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Sunday 23 July 2017

Rachid Redouane 'stayed in Britain through EU residency card granted in Ireland after being denied asylum'

Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba

One of the three attackers that killed seven people in London on Saturday was refused asylum in Britain but was able to remain there through a European Union residence card granted in Ireland.

British police on Monday named Rachid Redouane, a 30-year-old from Barking in east London who claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, as one of the three attackers shot dead during the knife and van attack.

Enda Kenny confirmed that one of the attackers lived in Ireland for a time but did not attract the attention of law-enforcement.

Redouane was refused asylum in Britain but was granted a '4 EU FAM' residence card after getting married in Ireland in 2012, which allowed him to apply for a permit to remain in Britain when he left Ireland, according to RTE.

A '4 EU FAM' card grants a non-European Economic Area family member permission to stay in the EU.

Ireland has a common travel area with Britain that allows the freedom of movement of people within the two islands as well as the rights to reside, work and access public services. It hopes to maintain the bilateral system, which predates its EU membership, after Britain leaves the bloc.

Britain's Home Office and gardai declined to comment on the report.

Rachid Redouane was a pastry chef who was first recorded being in Dublin in 2012 along with his wife Charisse O'Leary (38), who is originally from the UK.

Security sources have stated the terror attacker lived at an apartment block in Rathmines, south Dublin, with Ms O'Leary.

He had lived with his wife and young child on and off for four years.

Redouane and Ms O'Leary married in Ireland in 2012, before moving to the UK. They returned to Ireland in 2016 before leaving again in March of that year, records show.

In a statement this evening the Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said:

"I met the Commissioner and other members of Garda senior management last night. Commissioner O’Sullivan outlined the ongoing Garda contacts with their counterpart agencies in the UK.

"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.  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.

"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.  In addition a dedicated Armed Response Unit for the Dublin Region was established, there is increased overtime and ongoing accelerated recruitment with appropriate training."

Reuters

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