Irish parliament renews counter terror provisions

Justice minister Helen McEntee has welcomed the vote by the Oireachtas to renew legislative provisions designed to combat terrorism and serious organised crime for another year.

The Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 made amendments to the Offences against the State Acts 1939-1985, the State’s main counter-terrorist legislation, as well as creating new offences.

The Oireachtas is the bicameral parliament of Ireland, consisting of the president of Ireland and the two houses of the Oireachtas, a house of representatives and a senate.

The two parties making up the Oireachtais, Dáil and Seanad, have voted to renew for a further year the relevant provisions of both Acts until 29 June 2025.

During the debates, McEntee said: “It is our duty to ensure that those tasked with protecting us from this threat have at their disposal the appropriate measures to meet it. 

"The provisions I am seeking renewal of today are necessary and required to support An Garda Síochána in investigating, disrupting and dismantling the activities of terrorists.”


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