Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has called a review to be carried out into Ireland’s ability to deal with possible attacks in light of last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.
Commenting earlier Michael Fitzmaurice said “In the wake of the outrageous atrocity in Manchester our first thoughts must be with the families of those who lost their lives and were injured in was was a senseless, vicious and cowardly attack on innocent young children and teenagers. It is also a warning to us here, in this country, that we need to review security at major events and in centres of large population”.
“Parents around the country here who have children attending these events regularly will be shaken and horrified by what has happened in Manchester, and with many major sporting and other events coming up for the summer months it is essential that we review security measures being taken. It would be extremely naive to think that such an atrocity could not happen here and we will have to be more vigilant than ever. The people who carry out these barbaric acts do not care for borders or for nationalities and could strike anywhere at any time” he said
“These are sick people who are prepared to kill children and the most vulnerable people in society and who do not care about the consequences and the Gardai and security services must tighten up on possible terror suspects who may be living here. It is not much good looking back and wondering what we should have done if something serious were to happen. There is no need for a knee jerk or over the top reaction however we need to step up security where it is needed. Minister Fitzgerald and the Garda Commissioner need to ensure that a review is carried out immediately into our ability to deal with any possible attack” he concluded.