Risk of a terrorist attack in Ireland is 'low' - Minister

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the risk of a terrorist attack in Ireland is low.

The Irish National Security Committee met yesterday in order to discuss Friday's events in Paris in which 129 people died and more than 300 were injured during a series of shootings and bombings.

The committee includes high-ranking officials from the Department of Defence, Justice and Foreign Affairs along members of the Gardaí and the Defence Forces.

Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "(The committee) is assessing the response and what we in Ireland should do in order to ensure we have maximum protection should Ireland fall victim to an attack."

However, he said: "The risk is low."

One Irish citizen was injured in the attacks.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact the Department in Dublin on 01-408-2000. The Irish Embassy in Paris can be reached at 00-331-441-767-00.

Meanwhile, a book of condolences has opened at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin for the victims of the attacks in Paris, France.

Limerick City and County Council has confirmed it will open books of condolences for the victims at 10am on Monday, November 16th.

Members of the public are being invited to sign one of three books at council headquarters in Merchants Quay, in the atrium of council buildings in Dooradoyle, or online on from 10am on Monday.

Clare County Council will open a book of condolences, also at 10am on Monday.

Members of the public are invited the sign the book at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis. It will remain open during office hours until Friday, November 27th.