Emergency services are conducting a major terror training exercise at Shannon Airport
EMERGENCY services are taking part in a major training exercise at Shannon Airport this Tuesday afternoon.
The bilateral training exercise between An Garda Síochána and Defence Forces is focusing on a simulated armed attack by members of a ‘Doomesday cult’ and is being simulated in the departure lounge of the facility.
A terrorist attack by members of the Doomsday Cult is being simulated at @ShannonAirport as part of a training exercise involving members of @gardainfo and @defenceforces @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/G9jCoE73Yz— David Hurley (@DHurleyLL) March 20, 2018
Members of the armed Emergency Response Unit have breached the room at @ShannonAirport where hostages were being held during a simulated terrorist attack. An army EOD team remains in the car park outside @gardainfo @defenceforces @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/defnRh3mDx— David Hurley (@DHurleyLL) March 20, 2018
As part of the exercise, gardai, including members of the armed emergency response unit and members of the defence forces, have been deployed.
Passengers intending to travel from Shannon Airport are being advised that the exercise will be completed by 4pm this evening, and are asked not to be alarmed by the activities.
"The focus of the exercise is to examine the response to a simulated major armed incident by local Gardaí, Garda operational and strategic command personnel, ERU (Emergency Response Unit), ASU (Regional Armed Support Unit) and the Garda Air Support Unit," said gardai.
"The exercises will also include the Defence Forces tri-service assets including Army perimeter security and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Naval Service and Air Corps assets and Shannon Airport Police personnel. The objective of the exercise is to test the responses and interoperability of agencies in support of An Garda Síochána, who hold primary responsibility in such cases.
"The public are advised that there will be additional security services activity in the Shannon Airport area during the course of the exercise."
More to follow.