Ireland is not immune to the threat from Isil
Published 29/12/2015 | 02:30
For months, an array of government ministers and senior gardaí have denied that Ireland faces a threat from the alleged activities of extreme Islamic operatives who are living in Ireland or who have returned here after fighting abroad in conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq.
The authorities are, of course, correct to place the threats posed by a small cohort of Islamic State (Isil) operatives and others in perspective. And Ireland, which has faced down and continues to face down threats by dissident Republicans, is sadly familiar with - and for the most part well equipped to deal with - threats to national security.
However, the reassurances that Ireland is not at risk from the activities of jihadists and Isil supporters have been undermined by a series of court actions that have exposed the potential risks to national security - in Ireland and elsewhere - by suspected Islamic operatives based in this country.