Thursday 19 October 2017

Weak security leaves Ireland wide open to terror attack

Ireland is putting itself at risk of an Islamic terror attack due to a lack of anti-terror border controls, writes Jim Cusack

The army has joined police on the streets across Britain. Picture: PA
The army has joined police on the streets across Britain. Picture: PA
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A lack of anti-terrorist border controls is leaving the island, North and South, open to Islamic attack, senior security sources here have said.

Immigration controls are not specifically aimed at likely targets. This means people from non-Muslim backgrounds are as subject to entry refusal or deportation as much as anyone connected with the Sunni extremist organisations behind attacks such as that in Manchester last week. Sources said last week and repeated yesterday there is no reason why Ireland should not become a target.

As the war in Syria depletes Isil's efforts to establish bases in those countries, it is moving its "war" to Europe, where about seven million mainly Sunni Muslims have been driven into exile since the Syrian conflict began.

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