Rank and file gardaí want specialist anti-terror training several times per year because they will be the first to the scene of any terrorist incident in Ireland.
The Garda Representative Association said low-cost terrorism, such as the attacks that saw trucks driven into crowds in Nice, London and Stockholm, could occur in the Republic.
And if such an Islamist extremist incident occurred, unarmed uniform gardaí would be the first line of response yet they had not training to deal with such incidents.
Garda James Morrisroe, from the Garda’s Cavan-Monaghan division, said there was no reason to believe the Republic was immune from the growing terrorist risk across Europe.
“Following the attack in Stockholm, there is no reason why Ireland, as a modern, democratic and neutral country, would not be at risk”, he told delegates at the GRA’s annual conference in Salthill, Galway.
And with lone wolf low-cost attacks requiring little planning or financing, it was vital the Garda was more prepared than at present to deal the aftermath of such an incident.
Rank and file officers in all other European countries had been given anti-terrorism training by their police forces.
This would include managing the scene of a major incident in a public place and would encompass learning how to best divert crowds from risk or evacuating large areas quickly and safely.
The speedy erection of security cordons, for example, may be the difference between an attacker being caught by or evading gardaí.