Saturday 23 September 2017

Paul Williams: Gardaí in no way ready to respond adequately to terror attack here

If Ireland is now being used as a sleeper base from which to launch attacks through the UK's backdoor it will ramp up pressure on our security services

Armed police officers stand guard at the perimeter cordon, following Saturday night's terror attack in London. GETTY
Armed police officers stand guard at the perimeter cordon, following Saturday night's terror attack in London. GETTY

Paul Williams

The revelation that one of the three terrorists responsible for the latest London attack may have been living legally - and unnoticed - in Ireland for a number of years is the first time a direct link has been established between an act of Isil terrorism in Europe and this country.

What we know so far is that an Irish ID card, possibly issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau, was found on one of the men shot dead by police after the trio went on an eight-minute killing frenzy in central London on Saturday night.

It appears that the card was issued to a Moroccan man, named as Rachid Redouane, who was married and lived in the Rathmines area nine months ago.

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