Tuesday 22 October 2019

Flanagan to point to dissident threat and journalist’s murder in seeking to renew anti-terror law

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

JUSTICE Minster Charlie Flanagan will point to the threat posed by dissident republicans and the recent murder of journalist Lyra McKee in seeking Cabinet approval to renew tough anti-terror laws.

Mr Flanagan is also expected to refer to ongoing gang ‘feuds’ in Dublin and Drogheda as he seeks to keep the laws which also help combat organised crime.

Mr Flanagan will today ask Cabinet for approval to move Oireachtas resolutions to renew provisions In the Offences Against the State Acts.

A source said he is expected to point to the “real and persistent threat” of dissident republican terrorism.

He is to highlight incidents on both sides of the border including the murder of Ms McKee in the North and the seizure of explosives and firearms in the South.

Miss McKee (29) was killed as she observed rioting in Derry last month.

The so-called new IRA claimed responsibility.

The legislation requires that the provisions must be renewed by the Oireachtas at specified intervals.

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