Belfast Telegraph

Injuries to Irish person in Westminster terror attack not life threatening

The injuries suffered by an Irish person in the Westminster terror attack are not life threatening, the Dail has been told.

Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald revealed the victim's condition as she described the murders in central London as a "cowardly act".

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan added that Irish embassy staff have offered consular assistance to the injured person and their family and that they stand ready to provide it.

Ms Fitzgerald said she had been briefed by Ireland's police chief, Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, on the security situation in Ireland and said she is in constant contact with British police.

"Ireland cannot consider itself immune from the threat posed by international terrorism and extremism and the expert advice is that while an attack is possible here it is unlikely.

"All possible steps are being taken to deal with a threat to this country," she said.

Ms Fitzgerald said a small number of people in Ireland suspected of supporting terrorism were a cause for concern.

"They will continue to be monitored very closely by the authorities," she said.

Ms Fitzgerald spoke with British ambassador Robin Barnett and conveyed a message of sympathy and solidarity to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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