Tuesday 20 August 2019

Taoiseach: Latest security briefing says terror attack here 'possible but not likely'

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

Niall O'Connor

A terrorist attack in Ireland is "possible but not likely", Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.

Several members of the Cabinet, including Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton, received a security briefing this morning in light of the Paris atrocities.

The briefing was received by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan.

Speaking at an Action Plan for Jobs event in Government Buildings, Mr Kenny said the attacks in the France have not altered Ireland's status.

"An incident is possible but not likely," Mr Kenny said.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach said the french defence forces are "very stretched" and that Ireland would be prepared to assist in terms of sending Irish peacekeeping troops to Mali to free up French personnel.

But he said no request has yet been received from the French Government.

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