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# Security

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Northern Ireland
'Viable' pipe bomb discovered in Newtownabbey
The device has been removed from the area, which is located north of Belfast, for investigation.
This month
January 2023
# White House
Biden faces scrutiny after two sets of classified documents found
The revelation that Biden potentially mishandled classified or presidential records could prove to be a political headache.
# Security
SF's Kenny says his family was traumatised after arson and vehicle attacks at their home
The TD told Morning Ireland that his family are moving house due to the trauma of attacks on their home.
Last year
2022
# no phones allowed
Government ministers to be banned from using phones at Cabinet meetings from today
The Minister for Finance confirmed the ban this morning,
# Security
Ireland to join European centre for countering hybrid threats such as cyber and disinformation
The centre allows member states to develop responses to the activities of adversaries below the threshold of war.
# Defence
Ireland to step up security around offshore pipelines after Nord Stream blasts
Simon Coveney said there will be an increase in patrols by the Naval Service and Air Corps.
# Security
Taoiseach says there is a 'risk to senior ministers' if Garda drivers not reintroduced
‘A lot of ministers don’t want to return to Garda drivers,’ he said.
# twitter bots
Elon Musk's lawyers cite whistleblower in attempt to terminate $44 billion buyout of Twitter
Zatko’s testimony props up Musk’s argument, referencing ‘extreme, egregious’ gaps in the platform’s online protections.
# Security
UK's Prince Harry wins high court challenge over police security for his family
The duke is bringing legal action over a decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for his family when in the UK.
# Safety
EBU defends decision not to hold Eurovision in Ukraine, citing high risk of mass casualty event
The decision has been criticised by the Ukrainian government, which said it had provided guarantees on safety standards.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?
On this week’s episode, former army officer Tom Clonan talks to Michelle Hennessy about how the European Union’s defence strategy is evolving.
# queue chaos
‘Really bad planning’: Security expert says airport managers don’t grasp impact of decisions
‘There’s decisions being made where the managers don’t understand what’s going on on the ground’.
# Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport says queues are 'moving well' as 50,000 passengers expected daily this weekend
The airport has seen lengthy queues in recent weeks due to a shortage of screening staff.
# Security
Lebedev says his father was KGB officer but he is 'not some agent of Russia'
A security assessment reportedly saying the media mogul posed a national security risk was allegedly withdrawn after Boris Johnson intervened.
# On the defence
Ireland needs to have ‘fundamental rethink’ over security, says Coveney
The Minister said that there was ‘no target’ on how many Ukrainian refugees would be supported to come to Ireland.
# security guards
Tesco security staff given extra week to decide between severance and moving to new company
Earlier this month almost 100 Tesco security workers were told their jobs could be lost by the end of February.
# Job Losses
'Good job in the pandemic lads, now you're gone': Tesco security guards shocked at job losses
Almost 100 Tesco security workers face losing their jobs by the end of the month.
Almost 100 Tesco security workers face losing their jobs by the end of the month, Órla Ryan reports
Security guards said they were verbally abused and spat on during the pandemic and have now been made to feel "disposable"
"I've worked for this company since I was 16 years of age, I literally do not know anything else," one man told us
All time
# Security
Nationwide order for extra Garda patrols at homes of politicians and State officials
The move follows a number of protests outside the homes of high profile politicians and State figures.
The move follows a number of protests outside the homes of high profile politicians and State figures.
Sources said the direction was drawn up having received detailed intelligence on the activities of anti-vaccine activists.
# Garda Intelligence
Taoiseach calls for garda review of security for Irish politicians after David Amess killing
Micheál Martin said he has been “roared and screamed at” while walking down the street.
# update now
Apple issues emergency security update for all of its users following 'zero-click' hack
The flaw affected all Apple’s operating systems, researchers said.
# Security
Ticketless England fans gain access to Wembley for Euro 2020 final
Wembley officials insisted there had been no breach of stadium security.
# Security
'Prison security measures should respect human dignity': Review after solicitor says she was told to remove bra
The Taoiseach has asked the Justice Minister for a report on the matter.
# US Capitol
Security restrictions around US Capitol to be largely scaled back
Fencing and National Guard members have been used to protect the building since the 6 January riots.
# Financial Aid
Premier League agrees €277m rescue package to help Football League clubs in danger of going bust
The news follows months of negotiations between the two governing bodies.
# Beijing
China passes new law restricting sensitive exports
Companies and individuals who breach the new export control law could face criminal charges.
# China
US bans TikTok and WeChat, citing national security reasons
Downloads of the apps will be banned from Sunday onwards.
# China
China begins reviewing controversial Hong Kong national security Bill
China has said it is determined to enact the law and its passage is expected by Tuesday.
# regulation
Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.
# warning
Bank of Ireland warns customers over fraudulent text scam
It comes after a number of customers received a text telling them to reactivate their online banking.
# Public Transport
Office of Transport Minister Shane Ross warned Luas operator of 'increase in anti-social behaviour'
In one case, an eight-year-old girl had beer contents splashed on her.
# Complaints
'A volatile and dangerous situation': Passengers file complaints about security staff on the Luas
Earlier this year, footage emerged of altercations involving passengers and Luas security staff.
# Lisa Smith
Gardaí 'may be in position to charge' Lisa Smith upon arrival in Ireland, Varadkar says
Smith is expected to arrive back in Ireland this weekend.
# Turkey
Lisa Smith and her daughter expected to return to Ireland this weekend
Depending on how quickly her case is processed by Turkish officials, she could land back in Ireland as soon as tomorrow.
Voices
Opinion: 'Lisa Smith's story will continue to divide and provoke Irish public opinion - and rightly so'
Security expert Tom Clonan outlines what could happen with Lisa Smith’s return to Ireland.
# BOI
Bank of Ireland warns customers over fraudulent text messaging scam
The bank warned that it will “never text a customer asking them to update or provide their online banking information”.
# Racism
Irish Rail criticised after Indian man and parents suffer racist abuse on Belfast to Dublin train
Prasun Bhattacharjee spoke to RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday about the incident.
# Safety
Concern at increasing levels of 'aggression, threats and violence' towards barristers
The Bar Council is calling for an increased garda presence at courts and for screening facilities to be installed at all courthouses.
Voices
Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service
Oglaigh na h’Eireann is reaching a tipping point, a point of no return, in terms of recruitment, retention and falling numbers, writes Tom Clonan.
# Security
'Soldiers are living on the breadline': More than 3,000 quit Defence Forces in four years
Raco is calling for the introduction of an independent pay review body to help address the staff retention crisis.
# leaking
Explainer: Why a former British minister is 'swearing on his children's lives' over latest scandal
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been fired over the latest scandal to rock the British government.