Friday 20 April 2018

Large security presence at Dublin Airport after attacks

A Garda checkpoint outside Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photo: Frank McGrath
A Garda checkpoint outside Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photo: Frank McGrath

Martin Grant

Security has been increased at Dublin Airport this week following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

A large Garda presence was visible on the roads leading to the airport and also around both terminal buildings yesterday.

Officers from both An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Airport Police manned several checkpoints on the roads around Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

The extra security measures were put in place in a bid to ease concerns following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels, which killed more than 30 people and wounded 270 more in three suicide bombings at an airport and metro station.

Gardaí stopped and searched several cars throughout the day as they approached the terminal buildings.

Senior sources told the Irish Independent last night that officers also searched cars parked in set-down areas outside the terminals.

Meanwhile, inside the terminals, a highly visible team of airport police was monitoring both the departure and arrival areas, which can be accessed without security screening.

Expert sniffer dogs were also part of the major operation as security remains tight across all European airports.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) confirmed the situation was being monitored closely.

"We continuously review security measures with An Garda Síochána," said a spokeswoman.

"Both visible and invisible security measures are in place. A lot goes on behind the scenes."

Passengers and staff at Dublin Airport paid tribute to the victims of Brussels by observing a minute's silence at noon yesterday.

Irish Independent

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