Saturday 16 November 2019

Gardai monitoring internet for 'lone wolf' terror attacks - Garda Commissioner

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan

Philip Ryan Political Correspondent

Gardai are monitoring the internet for potential “lone wolf” terror attacks, Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan told an Oireachtas Committee hearing today.

Commissioner O’Sullivan said there was “no immediate threat” to Ireland from international terrorism but said she was “mindful” of recent attacks in other countries by radicalised Islamic fundamentalists.

“We are very mindful of what is happening in the international sphere,” Ms O’Sullivan told the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

She said the force dedicated resources to anti-terrorism units and was working closely with their international counterparts.

She said protecting the State against the threat of terrorism and organised crime  are “integral” parts the force’s vision for the future.

She was speaking before the committee following the publications of the force's 2015 policing plan.

“National security is an integral part of protecting communities nationally and internationally against the threat of terrorism, as are proactive, intelligence-led operations targeting organised crime,” the Commissioner said.

“We will maintain a strong focus on protecting the State and its people against all forms of terrorism and also on tackling serious crime such as organised crime, violent crime, cyber crime and white collar crime,” she added.

Ms O’Sullivan also announced the An Garda Sicohana’s new ‘Fix Build Operate’ methodology for addressing the challenges facing the force.

“We are going to to ‘fix’ the identified deficiencies, ‘build’ the processes, systems or structures required to solve the problem, and then ‘operate’ the solution to the highest standard to deliver benefits to the organisation, the citizen and the State,” Ms O’Sullivan told the committee.

The commissioner said she wants to deliver a “world class policing service” which will provide a “profession, victim-centred, community focused” police force.

She ruled out closing any more garda stations in the foreseeable future.

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