Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (261)

John Lahart

Question:

261. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the additional security measures taken by An Garda Síochána in respect of mosques and synagogues in Dublin in response to the recent attacks in New Zealand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26268/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Protecting the State and the people from terrorism and supporting international peace and security are among the highest priorities for the Government. Ireland, like many other open and democratic states, faces a threat from international terrorism.

The expert assessment of the terrorist threat to Ireland is that, while an attack is possible, it is not considered likely. The authorities here remain nonetheless very vigilant and the level of threat is kept under constant and active review by An Garda Síochána. The Garda Authorities supported by the Defence Forces have in place robust response and prevention capabilities and the authorities here work continually with their international counterparts to identify and manage threats.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational need.

While it would not be appropriate to comment on the detail of the security arrangements in place, the Deputy can be assured that all measures necessary and consistent with the law will be taken to protect the State and the people from harm. Additionally, the Deputy should also be aware that community Gardaí liaise proactively with minority groups from across all communities within the State, with a view to building trust and enhancing quality of life. Indeed their swift response to reassure minorities following the Christchurch attacks was widely welcomed by the entire community.