47. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the recent letter bomb sent to London from an address in Dublin; and if he has spoken to his UK counterpart about same. [11934/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The discovery in the UK last week of a number of suspicious postal packages containing small incendiary devices is a matter of serious concern. This appalling act has been widely condemned and is a reminder of the need for constant vigilance in tackling terrorism and protecting peace on these islands.
The Garda authorities are in close and continuous contact with their UK counterparts in relation to the ongoing investigations and security matters generally.  I can assure the Deputy that robust response and prevention capabilities are in place and close liaison continues daily between An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces with their international counterparts to identify and manage threats. 
Likewise, maintaining excellent cooperation at both political and official level is a priority for Ireland.  I have spoken to the UK Home Secretary about the current investigation and reaffirmed to him Ireland's deep commitment to working together with the UK to maintain the safety and security of all our people and to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice.