Thursday 22 August 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: Attack on Ireland ‘possible but not likely’, say garda

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Gardai have played down fears Ireland could be the target of an Islamic terrorist attack.

Officers said Ireland’s “threat level” remains unchanged following a threat assessment carried out in the wake of Friday night’s attacks in Paris

“The threat environment in this jurisdiction at the moment can be described as one where an attack is possible but not likely,” the force said in a statement.

There has long been speculation that Ireland could be targeted by Islamic extremists, given the continued use of Shannon Airport by the US military. However, such fears have never been realised.

The garda statement said the force had been in close contact with French authorities and those in other nations since the events of Friday night to assess any implications for Ireland.

A threat assessment was conducted straight after the attacks and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald was briefed on Saturday.

“Notwithstanding the current threat assessment, An Garda Siochana will keep under review the ongoing issues in France and elsewhere and will ensure that garda resources are deployed in a manner commensurate with the current security situation,” the statement said.

“The level of threat will be kept under constant review by An Garda Síochána in light of the ongoing developments.

“All appropriate measures will be taken in dealing with any threats however, for security reasons it is not appropriate to outline the detail of our operational responses.

“Of course, this is an international problem and a key element in dealing with these threats is good intelligence sharing internationally.

“An Garda Siochana co-operates very closely with our EU and other international security and intelligence counterparts in responding to these threats.”

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