30 June 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Garda armed response units will be in attendance at next month’s GAA Ulster Final in Clones, Chief Superintendent with the Cavan – Monaghan Garda Division, Christopher Mangan confirmed this week. Chief Superintendent Mangan’s comments came at a meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee on Tuesday.

He said that while Ireland had thankfully not been threatened by a terrorist attack policing requirements for major events such as the Ulster Final had been looked at and armed response units would be visibly there on the day.

“It can be difficult to prepare for as attacks can be spontaneous but we have arranged national training (for gardaí) and wish to reassure people that we are planning for this,” the Chief Superintendent said.

His comments were welcomed by members of the JPC with Independent councillor Paudge Connolly commenting that a blind eye could not be turned to the threat of an attack. However, Sinn Féin councillor Brian McKenna expressed his disapproval of the “talking up” of a terrorist threat by people, including politicians, in Ireland.

He did not see why Ireland would be targeted by terrorists as “we didn’t send anybody to Iraq” unlike countries including France and England. Councillor McKenna added that he did not condone terrorist attacks and he did not…

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