Monday 5 December 2016

We must measure our actions on jihadi threat

Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30

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Ireland is a relative backwater in a European context when it comes to the problem of Islamic extremism. Although Irish citizens have lost their lives in terror atrocities in the US and Tunisia, there has not been a jihadi attack on Irish soil and the Government regards the chances of such an event here as "possible, but not probable".

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The threat from dissident republicans remains a much bigger priority for our security services.

That does not mean Ireland can take its eye off the ball and ignore the growing threat of Islamic extremism spreading across Europe. Indeed, the Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces have a major role to play.

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