It is believed the extremists see Ireland as a soft touch and a gateway to Europe
Gardaí have identified a hardcore cell of more than a dozen jihadis based in Ireland, we can reveal.
The ISIS-supporting suspects are mainly living in south Dublin city.
A senior source revealed: “These terrorists see Ireland as a soft touch and a safe haven. Some of them have used the cover of raising money for charities in the Middle East but gardai believe the money is being used to fund groups like ISIS.”
Anti-terror detectives say they are under surveillance but are not monitored to the same level as the UK or other parts of Europe due to lack of manpower. The group originally comprised of 20 Islamic militants –but at least eight of them have been killed fighting alongside ISIS in Syria.