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Taoiseach says Government needs to review security of politicians

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Irish Government must review the security of politicians, following a wave of protests in recent months.

Martin was speaking after the fatal stabbing of UK Conservative MP David Amess while doing constituency work last week.

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He revealed that he has been subject to abuse, saying he has been roared and screamed at on the street.

He continued to say that Government must review the security of politicians and that intelligence is key.

“I think we do need to review it in terms of what security is required.”

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“In all matters to do with security and policing, I think intelligence is the key ingredient, the key prevention factor,” he continued.

“People keeping a very sharp eye… Gardaí are very well placed to do that and have an idea of what’s happening in different extreme groups”.

Martin then noted that nobody wants an over the top security for politicians.

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)

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