Belfast Telegraph

Terror threat under continuous review, says justice minister

Ireland is keeping under "continuous review" the security threat from international terrorism, the country's justice minister has said.

After a top-level meeting of government ministers, police and defence chiefs in the wake of the Manchester massacre, Frances Fitzgerald said an attack in Ireland was possible but unlikely.

Security chiefs said they have no specific information to raise the country's threat level.

But Ms Fitzgerald has warned the public to remain "sensibly vigilant".

"Ministers were advised that the Garda authorities are working closely with event organisers to ensure that appropriate safety and security measures are in place at forthcoming events in the summer period," she said.

"The Gardai are asking the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report any issue which gives rise to concern."

Ms Fitzgerald added that people owe it to terror victims to live their daily lives as fully and freely as possible.

"As well as causing death and destruction, the aim of international terrorism is to change our way of life, through creating fear," she said.

"We cannot allow that to happen.

"So, while all reasonable and practical steps are being taken to counteract any threat here, and people must remain sensibly vigilant, we owe it to those who have suffered from terrorism the world over to abide by our values and live our lives to the full in a free society."

Ms Fitzgerald said "intensive work" was ongoing to prevent any attack taking place, alongside "detailed preparations" for a response to any outrage.

"Of its nature, much of this work cannot be disclosed publicly, but people can be assured that it goes on relentlessly," she added.

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