Tuesday 6 December 2016

Defence Forces united on threat posed by 'lone wolves'

Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30

Defence Minister Simon Coveney
Defence Minister Simon Coveney

The increased threat of home-grown terrorist attacks is now the biggest fear confronting Ireland and other EU countries, as jihadis return from fighting in conflict zones, such as Syria and Iraq.

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Threat assessments here remain low and a senior Department of Justice official told the Irish Independent there is no evidence that Ireland is being used as a transit hub by extremists.

However, government ministers and security chiefs remain concerned that this country could be used as a back door launchpad for attacks in the UK or on mainland Europe.

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