The DAA is moving to allay concerns about security problems at Dublin Airport.
A whistleblower claims the screening is not fit for purpose and there’s a risk of a possible terrorist attack as a result.
A whistleblower made the claim to Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and it has been seen by the Irish Independent.
It’s widely reported as being ‘not fit for purpose‘ and hence has raised the spectre of a potential enhanced terrorist attack threat at Ireland’s largest airport.
The Dublin Airport Authority says it will cooperate with any investigation, but is stressing it’s only an allegation from a protected disclosure at this point.
Here is their statement:
daa never comments on matters of a security nature for obvious reasons given that aviation security aims to prevent acts of unlawful interference, by keeping threatening items such as arms and explosives away from aircraft.
We never comment on the frequency, nature or findings of any audits or investigations for similar reasons to avoid sharing intelligence on such matters in any medium with those who might seek to bring about such unlawful acts.
Aviation is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. Dublin Airport is subject to regular, independent, national and international oversight of our compliance with stringent security requirements. daa is fully engaged continuously to ensure that the appropriate safety and security standards are always in place at Dublin Airport.
Due process must be followed, and we will cooperate fully with any investigation that may follow, but any allegations under a protected disclosure should remain to be allegations only, until such claims are fully investigated and ultimately resolved.
daa will not be making any further comment on this until any such investigation has been finalised.