14 January 2015

Minister Fitzgerald briefs Government on threat to Ireland from international terrorism

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D, today briefed her Government colleagues on issues arising from the brutal attacks in Paris last week.

While Ireland, like any other democratic state with similar values, is not immune from the threat of international terrorism the Minister has been advised that there is no specific information to suggest a threat to Ireland. However, An Garda Síochána are keeping the level of threat from international terrorism under continuous review in light of ongoing developments and continuing to take all appropriate measures to counteract this threat.

In this they have the full support of the Government which is determined that all practical steps are taken to deal with any threat. To this end, the Government has asked the Minister to keep it regularly updated on the situation.

Minister Fitzgerald said: "The Government will continue to cooperate fully with its international partners in bringing forward measures to address the threat from those who would seek to destroy our freedoms. Our efforts will be underpinned by the Terrorist Offences Bill which I introduced and which will be taken in the Dáil next month. The legislation will criminalise provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for terrorism. The events in Paris last week underline the need for the closest possible cooperation internationally between police and security services. That is already taking place and will be enhanced where possible. The behaviour of the small few here who might try to facilitate international terrorism will continue to be monitored.

We should always bear in mind that the threat does not come from particular religions or communities. It comes from terrorists, who alone must bear the responsibility for their dreadful deeds."