The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death has heightened security concerns for the U.S. Presidents upcoming trip to Ireland.
His death will lead provide gardai and the Government with a “major security headache” according to one former Garda detective .
President Obama will more than likely land within 72 hours after the Queen departs as a result two of the “biggest terror targets” in the word will be on Irish soil according to Gerry O’Connell, a columnist with the Herald Newspaper.
As far back as the beginning of April officials from the U.S. Homeland Security team landed in Moneygall in County Offaly to begin preparations for Obama’s visit to his ancestral home.
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"We are taking no chances," the Daily Star quoted a senior Garda source as saying.
"The visit to Ireland provides a perfect opportunity for al-Qaida to work together with rogue republican terrorists who want to have the Queen killed or seriously injured and return Northern Ireland back to the violence which it has left behind," the source said.
Obama and his wife Michelle will travel in an armoured limo which can resist bullets, chemical weapons and even a missile strike.
“Though bin Laden is dead, al-Qaida is not. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him and we must, and will, remain vigilant and resolute," CIA director Leon Panetta stated
Security may be stepped up for Obama’s visit