Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (38, 39)

Brian O'Shea

Question:

169 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has had discussions with the US and Israeli ambassadors arising from risk assessments carried out by Army specialists before Ireland’s EU Presidency on their Dublin embassies which showed that they are the most vulnerable to terrorist attack in Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25321/04]

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Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

222 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the recent attack on an embassy in France, any reassessment of the threats to embassies on Irish soil has been undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25227/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 222 together.

Matters pertaining to the security of embassies in Ireland are the responsibility of the security authorities in this State. The primary responsibility for such security rests with the Garda Síochána. While it is not the practice to comment on specific details of security arrangements relating to the protection of individual embassies, I can confirm that these arrangements are kept under continuing review.