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Heavily armed gardai to permanently patrol Dublin airport

Heavily armed gardai to permanently patrol Dublin airport

Heavily armed gardai are to permanently patrol Dublin airport following the terror attacks on Brussels.

The officers will be part of a new regional Support Unit which will guard both terminals at the airport.

This comes in the wake of Monday’s attack which claimed 31 lives in Brussels.

It is believed that the move had been planned for some time and was not a reaction to the ISIS attacks.

A 55-strong unit will patrol areas of Dublin in high-powered 4x4s as well as guarding the airport. 

On Tuesday the Government announced that 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 to assess the risk to Ireland from terrorists, read the full story here.

Specialist garda units will be at full stretch this weekend to cope with the potential threats to public safety emerging from terrorist groups, based at home and overseas, during the 1916 celebrations, read the full story here