296. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether there are persons within An Garda Síochána and his Department that are qualified in the field of international terrorism; if there are graduates with post graduate degrees in this area of policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11800/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, one of the key responsibilities of my Department is to ensure the internal security of the State. The primarily role of the Security Division within the Department is to develop policies and strategies to support the delivery of security services and to assist the relevant authorities in deploying responses to any threat to the State’s security. 
Officials within the division promote Ireland’s interest and ...

22. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his EU and UN colleagues continue to address the threat of international terrorism; if particular initiatives are likely with a view to protecting peaceful citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11576/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland is fully engaged in the approaches being developed by the European Union and the United Nations to combat terrorism, in particular, the need for greater international cooperation to address the underlying factors that contribute to terrorist related threats and violence. In the case of the European Union, Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the June 2017 Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism...

29. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of additional initiatives the Defence Forces are taking in the wake of various international terror attacks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3456/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - International Terrorism)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The White Paper on Defence, published in the Autumn of 2015, considered the security environment, including the threat from international terrorism. It notes that the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for protecting the internal security of the State. The Defence Forces provide, on request, supports in aid to the civil power (ATCP) of an ongoing and contingent nature. 
In this c...

74. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his EU and UN colleagues continue to address the threat of international terrorism; if particular initiatives are likely with a view to protecting peaceful persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53487/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland is fully engaged in the approaches being developed by the European Union and the United Nations to combat terrorism, in particular, the need for greater international cooperation to address the underlying factors that contribute to terrorist related threats and violence.
In the case of the European Union, Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the June 2017 Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism ...

107. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he in conjunction with his EU colleagues can continue to combat the rise of ISIS in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40092/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The issue of how best to respond to the threat posed by terrorism, and particularly by Daesh, has been and remains high on the EU agenda. Foreign Ministers have consistently underlined that ultimately there will be no defeat of Daesh without a political solution to the crisis in Syria. This is reflected particularly in the comprehensive conclusions on a ‘Regional Strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Daesh threat’, which were ad...

196. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his European Union and United Nations colleagues continue to address the threat of international terrorism; if particular initiatives are likely with a view to protecting persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33504/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The increase in terrorist attacks in Europe in recent months has highlighted once again the need to address the diverse threat posed by terrorism. The EU is working to strengthen its response to international terrorism through multilateral cooperation, political dialogue and concrete support to third countries. EU Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the recent Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism agreed last mon...

225. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which An Garda Síochána has the necessary personnel, equipment and organisational capacity to withstand a terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33472/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The level of threat of a terrorist attack here is kept under constant and active review by the Garda authorities. The Deputy will understand that it is not possible to go into the detail of the security measures in place in this regard. However, I can assure the Deputy that the authorities here will continue to take all necessary and appropriate measures to counteract the threat.
An Garda Siochána has in place appropriate operational m...

30. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the measures put in place to bolster the capacity of the Defence Forces in assisting in dealing with a major terrorist incident; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32776/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - International Terrorism)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: What measures have been put in place to bolster the capacity of the Defence Forces in assisting in dealing with a potential major terrorist incident? What kind of planning has taken place? What threats have been identified? Are we ready?
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129. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there will be efforts made in his Department to lead on reaching out to the Muslim community to prevent an increase in radicalism in this community. (Question 27556/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): While the Deputy’s question inevitably arises in the context of concern about acts of terrorist violence committed against innocent people, I know that he will agree with me that terrorism is not the product of any one faith or ideology. The only people responsible for the appalling attacks we have witnessed in the Britain and elsewhere in recent times are those extremists who carry them out. Those attacks can bring an unfair focus t...

107. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps being taken to increase security in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26087/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 108 together.
The recent bomb attack in Manchester is another tragic reminder that no state can be considered immune from the threat from international terrorism. The current assessment of the threat here is that while a terrorist attack here is possible, it is unlikely and there is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism.
The lev...

108. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps being taken to increase security and defence in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26088/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 108 together.
The recent bomb attack in Manchester is another tragic reminder that no state can be considered immune from the threat from international terrorism. The current assessment of the threat here is that while a terrorist attack here is possible, it is unlikely and there is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism.
The lev...

98. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the communication he has had with the British Government and Ministers regarding the savage bomb attack in Manchester in recent days; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25641/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Let me first reiterate my absolute horror at the callous attack on the people of Manchester and the United Kingdom last Monday night. On Tuesday I spoke with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and conveyed the heartfelt sympathy of the people of Ireland for our nearest neighbours. I also visited the British Embassy in Dublin to sign the Book of Condolences there, as did President Higgins and the Taoiseach. At my request, our Ambas...

129. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the plans in place to mitigate against a terrorist attack; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25756/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The House should be aware that the primary security threat in the State is that posed by the so-called ‘dissident’ republican paramilitary groups who continue to oppose peace on this island. Combatting these groups remains a priority for the Government and the Garda Authorities. The Gardaí continue to take a range of actions against these groups and to disrupt their activities, and they have had many successes in this ...

134. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if EU security will be discussed at the next EU Council meeting following the bomb attack in Manchester and the relentless ISIS attacks across the EU with many member states under high security alert. (Question 25627/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In the circumstances of the threat from international terrorism, which was evidenced recently by the appalling attack in Manchester, the question of the terrorist threat and the measures to be taken to combat terrorism and violent extremism have been and will remain at the top of the agenda at my meetings with my EU counterparts within the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council.
The current threat environment stems, of cour...

355. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his EU and UN colleagues continue to address the threat of international terrorism; if particular initiatives are likely with a view to protecting peaceful citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25996/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The issue of how best to respond to the threat posed by terrorism, evident once again in the horrific attack in Manchester last week, but also in the recent attacks in London, Stockholm, Paris and Egypt, has been and remains high on the EU agenda.
Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism agreed in February 2015 and on the contribution that the EU can make through external a...

62. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of additional initiatives being taken in the wake of the various international terror attacks over the past 18 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24337/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As an open and democratic society in the European Union, Ireland cannot consider itself immune from the current international terrorist threat. The assessment of the threat is that while an attack on Ireland is possible, it is not considered likely. Nor is there at present any specific information that an attack on Ireland is planned. The level of threat from this source is kept under constant review by An Garda Síoch...

69. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the additional initiatives the Defence Forces are taking in the wake of international terror attacks over the past 18 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23263/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The White Paper on Defence, published in the Autumn of 2015, considered the security environment, including the threat from international terrorism. It notes that the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for protecting the internal security of the State. The Defence Forces provide, on request, supports in aid to the civil power (ATCP) of an ongoing and contingent nature. 
In thi...

231. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on whether the international community is meeting the challenges of Boko Haram and Al Shabab; the degree to which international aid is being interfered with by such organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18643/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Government has consistently condemned the human rights abuses being perpetrated by Al Shabaab and by Boko Haram, which remain a threat to the peace, stability and prosperity of Somalia and Nigeria respectively, and neighbouring countries. 
In Somalia, progress has been made in containing the threat of Al Shabaab. The Somali Government is supported by the African Union, and the EU and UN, in working to imp...

232. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which women and girls held hostage by Boko Haram or other similar organisations remain the focus of the international community with a view to ensuring their release; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18644/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): I am deeply concerned by the human rights abuses being perpetrated by Boko Haram, including the taking hostage of women and girls. 
We, and the broader international community, have consistently called on all parties to ensure that abductions and kidnappings by Boko Haram and other groups cease and that all those who have been taken hostage are released. 
The UN estimates that, since 2012, thousands of women...

237. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the extent to which he along with the EU and UN are addressing the threat of international terrorism; if particular initiatives are likely to protect peaceful citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18649/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The issue of how best to respond to the threat posed by terrorism, evident once again in the recent attacks in London, Stockholm and Egypt has been and remains high on the EU agenda.
Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism agreed in February 2015 and on the contribution that the EU can make through external action to preventing and countering terrorism. Engagement with th...

157. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he and his European Union and United Nations colleagues continue to address the threat of international terrorism; if any particular initiatives are likely with a view to protecting citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8999/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The issue of how best to respond to the threat posed by terrorism has been and remains high on the EU agenda. Foreign Ministers remain focused on implementation of the Council Conclusions on Counter-terrorism agreed in February 2015 and on the contribution that the EU can make through external action to preventing and countering terrorism. Engagement with third countries to prevent violent extremism and to strengthen their capac...

329. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on recent developments in Turkey, including the bomb attack in Istanbul; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2624/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 342 together. 
I was deeply shocked by the twin bomb attack outside the Vodafone Arena football stadium in Istanbul on 10 December, in which 46 people tragically lost their lives, most of them police officers, and some 160 people were injured. I issued a statement on 11 December, in which I expressed, on behalf of Ireland, my utter condemnation of the appalling attack and extended my condo...

342. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the increased violence in Turkey and in particular, the bombings in Istanbul, which have resulted in many lives being lost. (Question 1907/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - International Terrorism)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 342 together. 
I was deeply shocked by the twin bomb attack outside the Vodafone Arena football stadium in Istanbul on 10 December, in which 46 people tragically lost their lives, most of them police officers, and some 160 people were injured. I issued a statement on 11 December, in which I expressed, on behalf of Ireland, my utter condemnation of the appalling attack and extended my condo...

69. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the additional measures that have been taken in the past three years to combat the threat of terror attacks from radical elements here; if the matter is being given serious and continued consideration; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2334/17 asked on 19 Jan 2017 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: As an open and democratic society in the European Union, Ireland cannot consider itself immune from the current international terrorist threat. The assessment of the threat is that while an attack on Ireland is possible, it is not considered likely. Nor is there at present any specific information that an attack on Ireland is planned. The level of threat from this source is kept under constant review by An Garda Síochán...

29. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the current assessment of the threat to Ireland of an international terrorist attack; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40312/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - International Terrorism)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As an open and democratic society in the European Union, Ireland cannot consider itself immune from the current international terrorist threat. The current assessment of the threat is that while an international terrorist attack on Ireland is possible, it is not considered likely. Nor is there at present any specific information that an attack on Ireland is planned. The level of threat from this source is kept under c...