Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman reflects on key Washington counter-terrorism conference

September 19th, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Chairman Pat Breen TD has said that transatlantic cooperation on security matters and on intelligence sharing should continue apace, in light of ongoing terrorist threats.

Deputy Breen is attending the US House of Representatives’ Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum in Washington over the course of yesterday and today (Friday 19 September). The Forum involved members of Congress, experts from the intelligence community and parliamentarians from across Europe.

Earlier this week, Deputy Breen met with key players in the US Congress, including House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, on immigration reform.

Deputy Breen said “The Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum was a most timely conference, particularly given the worrying global backdrop posed by the rise of Islamic State of recent months. How best to share expertise in combatting this grave threat was high on the agenda. Senior parliamentarians considered how greater transatlantic partnership on security matters and on intelligence sharing might be fostered to face down these challenges. In frank and transparent discussions, our US counterparts also responded to European concerns about the impact on privacy and civil liberties following the leaking of confidential files by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.”