The Defence Forces have stress-tested their capability for responding to a request for assistance from An Garda Síochána in the event of a major terrorist incident in Dublin.

In an exercise involving more than 500 Defence Forces personnel and carried out simultaneously at four Dublin locations, but also involving every Army barracks in the State, plus the Naval Service and Air Corps, the operation was a first – in terms of scale as well as the involvement of the Garda, mainly in an observer role.

The exercise included high-profile involvement by the Army Ranger Wing, the special forces anti-terrorist uni
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