Friday 23 March 2018

No intelligence of a specific threat to Prince Charles ahead of Royal visit - gardai

Charles and Camilla
Charles and Camilla
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Gardai have revealed they are treating the threat level to Britain's Prince of Wales and th Duchess of Cornwall as moderate, insisting they have "no specific intelligence relating to any specific threat".

Speaking at a media briefing prior to the visit, a garda spokesperson said they considered the visit a "very high security event" and would treat it accordingly.

Asked about the dissident threat he said: "Our threat level is pitched at moderate, meaning an attack is possible but not likely. We have no specific intelligence relating to any specific threats. Having said that we won't take anything for granted."

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive in Ireland tomorrow with a number of engagements in Co Clare and Co Galway. before spending a second day in Co Sligo.

That will include a visit to Mullaghmore on Wednesday where Charles's great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in a 1979 Provisional IRA bomb.

Dissident gangs have stepped up their activities in recent weeks, particularly in the North where the royal couple have a number of engagements on Thursday and Friday.

Security sources say they are confident about the arrangements for the visit but extra resources are being brought into the west to help manage that security.

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