Henry McDonald
The Guardian
September 29, 2010

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A terrorist attack on mainland Britain by dissident Irish republicans remains a strong possibility, Ireland’s top police officer said today, as the Guardian learned that major UK banks have stepped up security in Northern Ireland.

The Garda commissioner, Fachtna Murphy, agreed with the assessment of the home secretary, Teresa May, and the head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, that threat posed by dissident republicans had gone from moderate to substantial.

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Murphy said the intent had always been there, but the capability within dissident groups to carry out bombings had increased, as was evident by recent bomb attacks such as that on Newry courthouse in February.

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