Government ministers met this afternoon in the wake of this week’s Manchester terror attack to assess Ireland’s security status.
After the meeting they revealed Ireland is keeping its terror threat status under “continuous review”.
Frances Fitzgerald, the Irish justice minister, said an attack in Ireland was possible but unlikely, warning the public to remain “sensibly vigilant”.
She also relayed a police warning to civilians to remain sharp-eyed during events across the country this summer.
She said: “Ministers were advised that the Garda authorities are working closely with event organisers to ensure that appropriate safety and security measures are in place at forthcoming events in the summer period.
“The Gardai are asking the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report any issue which gives rise to concern.”
She said Irish people owe it to terror victims to live their lives as freely as possibly – living in fear, she explained, means the terrorists win.
Ms Fitzgerald said: “As well as causing death and destruction, the aim of international terrorism is to change our way of life, through creating fear. We cannot allow that to happen.
“So, while all reasonable and practical steps are being taken to counteract any threat here, and people must remain sensibly vigilant, we owe it to those who have suffered from terrorism the world over to abide by our values and live our lives to the full in a free society.”
Ms Fitzgerald said “intensive work” was ongoing to prevent any attack taking place in Ireland, alongside “detailed preparations” for a response to any outrage.
She said: “Of its nature, much of this work cannot be disclosed publicly, but people can be assured that it goes on relentlessly.”