EU money could protect public spaces in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway from terror attacks

THE IRISH GOVERNMENT should apply for a new EU funding scheme which aims to protect public spaces from terror attacks, according to Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune.

The EU Commission has announced a new funding scheme which aims to address the “vulnerabilities”of open spaces in cities around Europe which might be targeted by terrorists - writes thejournal.ie.

Clunesaid the Irish authorities should apply for the money to help protect cities like Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

The new funding is available to all EU member stateswho want to protect their public spaces and make them less susceptible to terror attack. It’s envisaged the money could be used to construct barriers and physical infrastructures in public areas that could prevent attacks.

The measures are sadly necessary, withterrorists increasingly targeting public and crowded spaces, as shown by the recent attacks in Barcelona, London, Manchester and Stockholm, said Clune.

Countries can now make applications to access the €18.5 million fund. In 2018, a further €100 million will be made available to support cities investing in security solutions.

“This funding may go towards construction works to make our open spaces in our cities less vulnerable to terror attacks. The measures also include an Action Plan to step up EU level preparedness, resilience and coordination against attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) substances,” said Clune.

Questions have been raised about how prepared Ireland is for a terror attack.

The gardaí and the Defence Forces are working to prevent any attack here and have detailed preparations in place.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his intention to create an Irish version of the UK’s COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) committee, which sees the meeting of many ministers (together with senior civil servants and intelligence chiefs) in response to national emergencies – the idea being to effectively respond to a crisis and coordinate government response as quickly as possible.

The option of such a committee was previously discussed in the Dáil in April of this year, and was in fact first mooted on that occasion by Labour leader Brendan Howlin , who argued it is “appropriate that we would have our own prime ministerial command centre to deal with any emergency that might arise”.

It’s envisaged thecommittee which will give greater political input into this preparation.

Clune said EU funding of this kind will aid Ireland in its preparedness against terrorism and will help protect Irish citizens.

Read also other Irish news here.

thejournal.ie
protectpublicspaces Ireland
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
5 views in november
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
A new programme aimed at helping immigrant teachers find work in Irish schools opens to applicants today. The course, at Dublin’s Marino Institute of Education, aims to provide immigrants who are qualified teachers, but not working as such, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to find employment here. Recent research has found that while Ireland’s school student population is now highly diverse, teachers here continue to be overwhelmin...
Society
EU and UK negotiators have agreed a text that deals with the Irish border, RTÉ News understands. The text was agreed at around 9pm last night and then transmitted to Downing Street. While two well-placed sources have confirmed that the text was "as stable as it can be", they say it would not be correct to say that the negotiations have "concluded". According to both sources, there will be one backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The ba...
Politics
The Cabinet will meet this morning to consider developments around the draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement. Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar put his colleagues on standby for this morning's meeting, which is due to be held at 9.30am. Mr Varadkar and the Tánaiste will update their Government colleagues on what has happened over the last 24 hours. It follows a meeting last night between Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Pasch...
Society
A number of events have taken place around the country and in Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I. Locations where ceremonies have taken place include Belfast, Enniskillen, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Galway and Tipperary. In Cork city, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Grand Parade. He was joined by relatives of those who died in WWI and members of the Cork branch of the...
Society
The two men who were arrested in Athy, Co Kildare yesterday in the investigation into the murder of David Boland have been released without charge today. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions as the investigation continues, said a garda spokesperson. David Boland, 34, was stabbed multiple times during an incident on Duke Street in Athy, in the early hours of Thursday 1 November. A total of four people have been arrested to date as...
Society
Dublin City Council is set to spend €1.6 million on the removal of discarded chewing gum in public areas. The local authority is seeking tenders for a contract to remove gum from footpaths and pedestrianised zones throughout litter blackspots in its administrative area over the next three years. It expects to spend €1.6 million plus VAT on these services, according to tender documents. The huge cost of removing chewing gum from public areas comes despite r...
Society
It's not the first incident that has caused delays in Dublin this morning. An Irish Rail service heading into Dublin faced a huge delay this morning after hitting a sheep. The 7.05am service from Sligo to Dublin's Connolly Station was left delayed for 45 minutes due to the incident. Passengers have been warned to expect some knock-on delays as a result. Irish Rail said: "07:05hrs Sligo/Connolly will be delayed up to 45mins arriving in Connolly due to the s...
Society
Precarious work is causing hardship to workers and their families, and reinforcing inequality, insecurity and deprivation in the workforce, according to the latest research from the Think tank for Action on Social Change. The report, entitled "Precarious Work, Precarious Lives", notes that precarious work forces many to rely on social protection from the taxpayer to compensate for their irregular hours and income. It found 44% of Irish workers do not have...
Society
A new study which looked at the lives of nine-year-olds shows poorer outcomes for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The Growing Up in Ireland research, carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute, shows an improvement in the families ability to make ends meet since 2013, but found that not all families benefitted from the economic up-turn. The research was carried out on group of nine-year-olds who spent many of their early year...