Sunday 25 June 2017

Irish Muslim groups want talks with the Government

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Muslim leaders have demanded the Government does more to engage with the community here and help combat the roots of radicalisation.

Community leaders have expressed concern over Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald's pledge to deport suspected jihadists based on intelligence, even in cases where sufficient evidence does not exist to bring a criminal prosecution.

Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri, chief executive of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said: "I think we need awareness. We need de-radicalisation programmes and training programmes.

"We need the Government to sit with the Muslim community and discuss the threat of radicalisation."

Meanwhile, the country's largest mosque, in Clonskeagh, Dublin, has requested a meeting with Ms Fitzgerald to get clarity on her remarks.

Irish Independent

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