Monday 21 January 2019

Bollards could be put on Grafton Street to prevent terror attacks

Grafton Street (p) and Henry Street could be targets
Grafton Street (p) and Henry Street could be targets

Metal bollards for some of the capital's busiest areas, including shopping districts Grafton Street and Henry Street, are among measures being considered following the recent terror attacks across Europe.

Dublin City Council has met with gardai in recent weeks to discuss introducing the retractable bollards in some of the city's most popular areas.

It is believed these measures could help prevent attacks similar to those which have taken place in Europe in recent months, including this month's attack in Barcelona, in which 16 people died and more than 130 were injured.

A spokesperson for the council confirmed that a risk analysis was under way to determine vulnerable areas.

"Meetings have taken place between Dublin City Council and An Garda Sio- chana on the issue of retractable bollards and a risk analysis of areas in the city centre is being undertaken," said the spokesperson.


It is understood that both Grafton Street and Henry Street - the most popular areas for shopping in the city centre - are among the locations where retractable bollards may be installed.

Retractable bollards are designed to prevent the possibility of a vehicle being driven into pedestrians.

Authorities have now raised the death toll in the van attack in Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17 to 14, after a German woman died from her injuries.

The woman (51) died yesterday in the intensive care unit of Barcelona's Hospital del Mar, health authorities in Catalonia said.

A man was stabbed to death in a carjacking as the van driver fled, and a woman died in an attack in nearby Cambrils, bringing the overall toll to 16.

Around 500,000 people marched on Saturday in Barcelona to condemn the attacks.

The Ramblas atrocity was the latest incident in which terrorists have used vehicles to run over pedestrians.

A man drove a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice in the south of France last year, killing 86 people.

Last December, another truck driver mowed down shoppers attending a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

In June, seven people were killed and dozens more injured when knife-wielding terrorists drove across London Bridge, running over pedestrians before getting out and attacking people in the crowded Borough Market area.

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