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Extremists here are being watched by gardai

Extremists here are being watched by gardai

A SMALL number of terror suspects based in Ireland are being “monitored closely” in the wake of the Brussels terror attack.

The Government has said an attack here is “not likely” but we cannot consider ourselves “immune from the threat”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny ordered an emergency meeting of the little-known National Security Committee yesterday to assess the risk to Ireland from terrorists.

The committee is chaired by the Secretary General of Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, and includes the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellet and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, as well as officials from several other government departments.

Afterwards, a statement issued on behalf of the Government said gardai are working closely with EU and other international security and intelligence counterparts.

“The activities of a small number of people based here and whose behaviour may be of concern will continue to be monitored closely.”

It described the events in Brussels as “deplorable” and said they “have highlighted starkly once again the threat from international terrorism”.

The Dail heard condemnation of the attack from all parties, with Mr Kenny saying: “Those who seek to use death and violence in this way must be confronted, will be confronted and will be defeated.”.