Belfast Telegraph

Irish Government reassures public over London attacker fears

The Irish Government has attempted to ease fears over the movements of one of the London Bridge attackers.

Terrorist Rachid Redouane married British woman Charisse Ann O'Leary in November 2012 and gave an address in Rathmines, Dublin.

He left the country at some point and is believed to have lived in Ireland again in 2015.

Redouane was never under surveillance by Irish authorities and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald urged caution over speculating about his movements as the terror investigation continues.

"We are not in a position at present to comment on the movements of persons who may have been involved in the attack," she said.

"These are the kinds of operational details that could be relevant to an ongoing investigation which is being undertaken by our closest neighbour in the most difficult and serious of circumstances."

Rachid Redouane is believed by members of the Moroccan community to be a bogus name as it is a combination of two common first names.

The killer gave the date of birth of July 31 1986 for his marriage certificate in Ireland but according to the Met he also used an alias, Rachid Elkhdar, and the later birthday of July 31 1991.

Redouane was described on his marriage certificate as a pastry chef.

Ms Fitzgerald said she could assure the public that " everything required is being done" and the Garda were offering every support and assistance to UK counterparts.

She held talks with Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan on Monday night.

"For obvious reasons, it would not be appropriate to disclose any details of the investigation that is ongoing in the UK," she said.

"An Garda Siochana will, as and when possible, put into the public domain as much information as possible, while ensuring that that investigation is not interfered with in any way."

Ireland's terror threat level states that an incident is possible but unlikely and there is no specific information of a threat from international terrorism.

Ms Fitzgerald also defended Ireland's ability to deal with a terrorist attack after the level of training and preparations for front-line responders was criticised.

"The gardai have in place the necessary operational measures in terms of intelligence, a well-trained and equipped special intervention capability and other national support resources," she said.

"They are supported in this, as needed, by the considerable skills and resources of the Defence Forces."

"The necessary resources and supports are being given to An Garda Siochana."

Meanwhile, gardai were preparing a case file after a man was arrested and later released without charge o ver the discovery of ID documents in Rachid Redouane's name in Limerick.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will be asked to assess if he should be charged in relation to offences under theft and fraud laws, a spokesman said.

Redouane is known to have lived in Ireland at different times over the last number of years.

He married Ms O'Leary at the office of the Civil Registration Service at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital in Dublin.

It is not clear when he came to the Republic or how long he stayed but it is believed he used Irish jurisdiction to get a European Union permit which allowed him to be in the UK.

He is also thought to have travelled to Morocco after leaving Ireland before settling in the UK.

He returned to Ireland in 2015, again for an unknown length of time but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not one of a small number of radicals under surveillance in Ireland.

An Irish security source described the killer as having "extensive immigration history related to the UK".


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