An anti-Islamic group founded in Germany, which it emerges now has an Irish branch, is objecting to the building of a mosque in Tralee, County Kerry. The group denies it is racist but says it wants to save Ireland from Islam. It is to launch a political party shortly.
Kerry is the rural county with the biggest population of Muslims outside the main cities, such as Cork and Dublin. Killarney already has an Islamic cultural center. However, it has no full mosque.
The second attempt in recent years to construct a mosque in Tralee on a large site is now before the planning authority, but is meeting with opposition from Pegida Ireland which has links in a number of European countries and the USA.
Pegida Ireland which is attached to the Pegida anti-Islamic organization founded in Germany in late 2014 (the name means patriotic European organization against Islamitization of the West) has begun an on-line petition against the Tralee mosque.