Evening top 5: Gardaí make second arrest; May vows to remove human rights protections; Tánaiste insists gardaí equipped to tackle terror

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Gardaí arrest second man in connection with London investigation

Gardaí have arrested a second man in Wexford as investigations continue into the movements of one of the London attackers during his time living in Ireland.

Rachid Redouane was one of three terrorists who murdered seven people and injured 48 others in an attack on London Bridge on Saturday night.

This morning, a man was arrested in Limerick under legislation relating to forgeries and fake identification documents, however he was released earlier today and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

A second man –aged in his 30s – has now been arrested in Wexford this evening following a search of his apartment.

Tánaiste - gardaí "well trained and equipped" to deal with any potential threat

The Tánaiste has insisted that the gardaí have the “necessary resources and supports” to counter any potential terrorism threat in Ireland.

It comes after two garda organisations warned of serious concerns over the ability of front-line gardaí to deal with an attack.

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

The government has said there is currently no specific information regarding any threat to Ireland.

Police officer wounded in incident at Notre Dame Cathedral

A man armed with a hammer and kitchen knives has attacked police officers outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Police says a perpetrator has been 'neutralised', and the situation is now under control.

One officer suffered minor neck injuries during the assault in the cathedral's courtyard before the lone attacker was shot and wounded.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb said the attacker was carrying the ID card of an Algerian student, and had cried: "This is for Syria."

British Prime minister vows to remove human rights protections to fight extremism

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will rip up Britain’s human rights laws if they get in the way of tackling terrorism.

Speaking on the election campaign trail, the Prime Minister told supporters she would change laws to make it easier to deport or curb the movements of suspected militants – regardless of whether there was enough evidence to do so.

In one of her final speeches before Thursday’s British General Election, Mrs May stepped up her rhetoric against extremism and pledged to ensure security services have the powers they require.

Varadkar holds negotiations with Independent Alliance

Members of the Independent Alliance have met with the new Fine Gael leader this evening to discuss their support for his appointment as Taoiseach.

A number of Alliance members are reportedly seeking investment in projects within their own constituencies in exchange for supporting Leo Varadkar.

The Transport Minister Shane Ross is pushing for the re-opening of Stepaside Garda station in Dublin, while Finian McGrath is expecting improvements to services at Beaumont hospital.

John Halligan meanwhile, is hoping for progress on a second catheterisation lab in Waterford Regional Hospital.