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Ireland thinking about new spy agency

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Ireland could soon have a new spy agency in order to help prevent terror attacks in the country.

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The M15 style unit could be formed after the Manchester bombings which killed 22 people put the world on high alert, the Irish Mail reports, Irish Mirror reports.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "There is an issue as to whether or not we should have a security and intelligence unit as a separate structure and how it currently operates.

"We will reflect on that. We cannot proceed on the basis that everything is calm and rosy and that nothing could happen here."

Ireland is the only EU state that doesn't have its own national security and intelligence agency according to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Deputy Martin said: "That is a matter which requires fairly urgent examination.

"Reports I read are quite critical of our position and the lack of an effective single agency to deal with security and intelligence in this country."

Meanwhile a security expert fears Ireland 'ticks all the boxes' for a terror attack.

Defence analyst Declan Power believes the country is vulnerable due to a lack of anti-terrorism training.

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