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Paris Terror Attacks: 'Terror resources need daily review'

Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30

Mr Kenny has called for better security cooperation and sharing of intelligence across Europe
Mr Kenny has called for better security cooperation and sharing of intelligence across Europe
The Cabinet will today be briefed by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on security issues here and on the attack on Paris

Ireland needs to review the terrorist threat and resources available to deal with it "on a daily basis", it has been claimed.

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As Taoiseach Enda Kenny moved to reassure people, saying we have a "very sophisticated emergency response unit" for dealing with terrorism, the main opposition party called for extra vigilance.

The Cabinet will today be briefed by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on security issues here and on the attack on Paris, which Mr Kenny described as "an appalling attack on innocence, an appalling attack on humanity".

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, who was at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday, said gardaí are monitoring "a small number" of potential terrorists in Ireland.

Mr Flanagan said gardaí remain vigilant but that the threat to Ireland was "very low".

"There are a small number of people in Ireland whose behaviour and activities are being monitored and will continue to be monitored," he said.

"We are vigilant," he said. "Ireland doesn't have any special exemption as far as these matters are concerned, however we understand the threat to be very low."

But Fianna Fáil's justice spokesman, Niall Collins, said: "Dublin is a major capital city, the same as Paris, and we have to safeguard and ensure as much as possible that we don't succumb to any threats or any events that happened like in Paris at the weekend.

"I agree the risk is categorised as low, but I think we need to be on our guard, and I think it needs to be monitored on a daily basis.

"I would call on the Government to review the level of resourcing and the level of detail which has been applied to this at the moment."

Mr Kenny added: "We've got to make sure that vigilance and information is available and shared to ensure that these things can be prevented in the future".

A minute's silence is to be held in the Dáil chamber today in memory of the Paris victims.

Irish Independent

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