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Gardaí host conference to prepare Dublin Airport staff for terror attack

Law enforcement representatives will discuss how to respond to the types of lone wolf attacks seen across Europe recently.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

GARDAÍ ARE TODAY hosting a conference aimed at better preparing staff at Dublin Airport for a terrorist attack.

The conference at the Radisson Blue hotel in Dublin is being attended by 150 guests from An Garda Síochána, the army, Customs, immigration, US Border Protection and other staff employed at the airport. It was organised by the Dublin Airport Law Enforcement committee, which was established by gardaí to bring all law enforcement at the airport together.

The committee meets monthly to discuss both domestic and international issues relating to airport security. This conference had been planned for some time, but it comes a week after 22 people were killed in an explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester city.

Delegates are expected to discuss evacuation procedures in the event of a similar attack at Dublin Airport.

There will also be a focus raising awareness of what happens when a ‘lone wolf’ attacks an airport, as was seen in Paris and Brussels, and how to manage the aftermath.

The Emergency Response Unit and the army bomb disposal unit will both make presentations at the conference.

Last week gardaí and the Defence Forces met to assess how prepared Ireland is in relation to a terrorist threat.

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and a number of other ministers were briefed on the threat assessment by security authorities. They were told that, while an attack here is possible, it is not likely and there is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism.

Read: Ireland’s terrorism threat assessment under continuous review following Manchester attack>

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