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321. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the consultations she has had with the Department of Defence regarding the potential threats to domestic security that could be posed in the event of an Irish troop contingent being sent to Mali. [42546/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As I have stated to the House previously, Ireland, in common with other democratic states, cannot consider that it is immune from the threat from international terrorism. The current assessment is that while an attack here is possible, it is unlikely and there is no specific information that an attack here is planned. The level of threat from this source is kept under constant review by An Garda Síochána and the Garda Authorities have reference to all relevant information, including international developments, in carrying out their assessments. I discuss security matters on an ongoing basis with Minister Coveney and, as the Deputy will no doubt be aware, there is ongoing and close liaison at a senior level between our two Departments and between An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces regarding security matters.