Terror attack in Cork is “not likely” but gardaí are prepared

Terror attack in Cork is “not likely” but gardaí are prepared
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin. Picture Colin Keegan.

CORK’S top cop has said a terrorist attack on the city is “possible but not likely”.

“We are not exempt from it,” Chief Supt Barry McPolin said.

“All our members are briefed and aware, it is all part of our operations,” he added.

Chief Supt McPolin’s comments come as the State prepares to beef up its anti-terror units with extra personnel, more armed gardaí and the introduction of specially trained dispatchers for terror-related incidents.

A busy summer of entertainment and sporting events lies ahead in Cork with emergency services on full alert, and Chief Supt McPolin said his men are up to to the task.

“An event, whether it is sporting or entertainment, will be policed accordingly.” With regards the Cork community, Mr McPolin indicated that his officers have built a strong relationship with members of the Muslim community and other foreign nationals who have settled here.

“The Gardaí have strong links with the new Irish, the non Irish and the ethnic communities and this is an important network for us.

“These people are a part and parcel of Cork.” Lord Mayor Des Cahill said we are very fortunate to have the gardaí that we have.

“The Gardaí are very good at what they do. We have had no significant events and the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon went off without a hitch.

“As much as can be done is being done.” When asked about specific security arrangements with relation to summer events the Garda press office said the public should check with event organisers for concert and sporting match recommendations.

The spokesperson also said: “As ever, we would ask the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity to An Garda Síochána

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