Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has paid tribute to the gardaí for foiling a terrorist plot in Limerick over Christmas.

Deputy Collins has expressed grave concern about revelations in the Irish Independent today that IRA terrorists based in west Dublin and Limerick planned to murder a soldier while he visited his family in Limerick over Christmas.

“This terrible attack has been prevented due to the perseverance of gardaí investigating terrorist activity in the wake of the funeral of gang criminal Alan Ryan in September,” said Deputy Collins.

“This sinister criminality has no place in our country and these thugs must be condemned in the strongest possible way.  This particular murder plot was uncovered as a direct result of a major garda operation following the death of Alan Ryan that resulted in a series of arrests in Limerick. At the time, the arrests were criticised by a Limerick Sinn Féin Councillor, who described the operation as an ‘overreaction’.

“I am again calling for unanimous political condemnation of this activity. There can be no ambiguity here. I would call again on Sinn Féin to distance themselves from the comments of their Limerick representative, and join all other mainstream political parties in condemning this plot. 

“I intend to question the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter about this latest sinister development in the Dáil at the earliest possible opportunity. We must ensure that the gardaí have the necessary resources to continue these investigations.”