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Irish police forces in dissident pledge

Palace Barracks bomb
A car bomb exploded outside Palace Barracks on Monday

The chief of the Irish police has said his force and the PSNI are "working together seamlessly" against the threat from dissident republicans.

Garda commissioner Fachtna Murphy met his PSNI counterpart Matt Baggott and Northern Ireland and the Republic's justice ministers on Friday.

After the Stormont talks, Commissioner Murphy called dissidents "a small core of dangerous individuals".

Dissidents have been behind several attacks in Northern Ireland this year.

"Both forces are focused on ensuring a small group of people who intend to do damage have no opportunity to do that," he said.

"An attack on one member of one force is an attack on both forces."

Mr Ford became Northern Ireland's justice minister on Monday and held his first meeting with Mr Baggott in the role on Tuesday.

In the early hours of Monday, a republican car bomb exploded outside Palace Barracks in Holywood.

Speaking after Friday's meeting, Mr Ford described that attack as a "stunt".

"There have been incidents which have happened over the last while but we have strong evidence of arrests and practical co-operation ensuring that the terrorists are not succeeding," he added.

Licence revoked

Meanwhile, it has emerged the secretary of state has revoked the licence of a Lurgan man who was jailed in December 1973 for the murder of two policemen.

Martin Corey was released on licence on 26 June 1992.

An NIO spokesman said: "The secretary of state will not hesitate to revoke the licence of any prisoner who then later presents a risk to the safety of others or is likely to commit other offences.

"Mr Corey has been informed of his right to make representation to the Independent Parole Commissioners in respect of this decision.

"It will be for the Parole Commissioners to consider his case, and determine whether or not the revocation of his licence should be upheld."

Republican Sinn Fein, which is linked to the Continuity IRA, has condemned the move.



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