Armed garda patrols at Rosslare Europort
ARMED gardai are patrolling Rosslare Europort as part of a major security operation at Irish ports and airports following the terrorist bombings in Brussels.
'Our Regional Response Unit are conducting daily patrols at Rosslare Europort,' Chief Superintendent John Roche said in response to a question posed by this newspaper about additional security at the port in the wake of the bombings.
News of the Rosslare operation follows a decision to deploy armed officers from the Regional Support Unit at Dublin Airport and Dublin Port in response to the attacks in Brussels.
There has previously been no visible armed garda presence at the major transport hubs.
The gardaí said that 'the level of threat is kept under constant review and all appropriate measures will continue to be taken by An Garda Síochána commensurate with the current security situation. For obvious security reasons, we could not go into the details of the operational response.'
Having the Regional Support Unit officers patrolling the ports provides an immediate response in the event of a terrorist incident, allowing it to be deal with proactively instead of retroactively.
Ports and airports, as the attacks in Belgium showed, are seen as increasingly vulnerable, soft targets.