MI5 was "actively" investigating the ringleader of the London Bridge atrocity at the time of the rampage, while the Manchester bombing could have been stopped "had the cards fallen differently", an official assessment has found.
If it is confirmed that Russian forces did kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month, any sense of achievement must be tempered by a report that suggests we face a “predominantly homegrown” jihadist terror threat, that repressive measures were “inevitable” and that Western countries need better intelligence co-operation.
The Garda’s security service is examining whether any “pre-planning” for the London attacks occurred in Ireland following claims from a former Muslim radical that a second of the three terrorists had stayed here.
IT is entirely appropriate that security measures be updated to neutralise those who would destroy our way of life. The legislation to allow security agencies wider access to email and internet communications, already in place for phone communications, is being prepared.
A larger anti-terrorism unit, more armed gardaí on the streets, round-the-clock regional support units and specially trained garda dispatchers for terrorist and firearms incidents are all being put in place to deal with potential terror threats.