"Live investigation" underway over Irish connection to London attack

A man was arrested in Limerick today as part of investigations into the London terror attack

"Live investigation" underway over Irish connection to London attack

File photo, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, 23-05-2017. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

The Tánaiste has said gardaí are “offering every support and assistance to their UK counterparts” following the arrest of a man as part of investigations into the London terror attack.

A Moroccan national was arrested under legislation relating to forgeries and fake identifications in Limerick; however he was released earlier today.

A file is being prepared for the DPP.

It has been reported that identification documents, featuring the name of London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane, were found at the man’s home.

It is believed that Redouane lived for a time in Rathmines, Dublin.

Support and assistance

In a statement this evening, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that “everything required is being done” adding that the “absolute focus” of the gardaí is on offering every support and assistance to their UK counterparts.

“The public will be aware of reports that one of the persons named as likely to have carried out the attack may have spent time in Ireland,” she said.

“This is the subject of a live investigation in Ireland and in the UK and therefore we must be careful about speculating on what is an evolving situation”

She said authorities are prevented from commenting on Redouane’s movements.

“These are the kinds of operational details that could be relevant to an ongoing investigation which is being undertaken by our closest neighbour in the most difficult and serious of circumstances,” she said.

Commissioner's update

The Tánaiste met with the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and senior garda management last night and was updated on garda knowledge regarding the investigation in the UK.

“For obvious reasons, it would not be appropriate to disclose any details of the investigation that is ongoing in the UK,” she said.

“An Garda Síochána will, as and when possible, put into the public domain as much information as possible, while ensuring that that investigation is not interfered with in any way,” she said.

She also insisted the gardaí are “well trained and equipped” to deal with any potential terrorism threat in Ireland – despite concerns from garda organisations who have warned that this is not the case.

According to the Department of Justice, the expert threat assessment currently indicates that while an attack in Ireland is possible, it is unlikely.