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Killer had no links to Irish terror cells

By Brian Hutton

London Bridge killer Rachid Redouane was not involved in any terror cell in the Republic during his time there, the Garda chief has said.

But Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan accepted he went through a "normal process of immigration" in Dublin.

Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, had previously been refused asylum in the UK in 2009.

His marriage to a UK citizen in Dublin in 2012, giving him an EU travel permit, has prompted claims Ireland is being used by jihadis as a back door into Britain.

"The indications at this time are that this individual lived in this country for a short period of time, going through a normal process of immigration," Ms O'Sullivan said.

"Thereafter, he left and went with his wife, who is a UK citizen, to the UK and we are satisfied with the inquiries we have made at this time, that there is no link to terrorism in this country."

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