Ireland’s top Islamic State terror suspect successfully fought off a deportation order on the grounds that he has an Irish-born son.
The middle-aged man, who first came to this country as a refugee more than a decade ago, is the leader of a small Irish-based network providing logistical support for Isil fighters travelling to Iraq.
The “businessman”, who lives in Dublin, was issued with a ministerial deportation order a number of years ago as a result of his connections to Islamic terror groups.
However, the suspect challenged the order, saying that as the father of an Irish-born child, he should be allowed to stay in Ireland.
The father argued he could not be deported, because his son is the holder of an Irish passport and is still in school here.
Security sources revealed that the suspect is the number-one target of the specialist Garda unit, Counter Terrorism International (CTI) which is attached to the Special Detective Unit (SDU).
He is also classified as a major terrorist figure by international counter-terrorism agencies and is kept under constant surveillance.
He has had a long association with extremist Muslim terror groups, including al-Qu’ida.
The Irish Independent has learned that the suspect is a facilitator who provides cash and false documents, including passports, for radicalised young Western men intent on travelling to Syria to fight for Isil.
The terror suspect is the leader of a small group consisting of no more than 13 individuals, most of whom came to this country as political refugees.