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Over 1,000 personnel to secure area south of Border for G8

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A major Garda and Defence Forces security operation is being put in place involving over 1,000 personnel to secure the area just south of the Border from where the G8summit is set to take place in Co Fermanagh.

It is the first major security operation in which the Garda has based so much of its information and intelligence gathering on the study of websites and the Facebook andTwitter accounts linked to known international anti-establishment and organised protest groups.

In the event of an extreme security threat emerging, such as a terrorist attack or very large-scale rioting, the Garda had the option of turning off the mobile phone network to block those involved from communicating and coordinating trouble. “It’s an option that’s there, but for that to happen we really need to be facing a serious and grave situation,” Assistant Commissioner Kenny said.


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