Ireland used for logistics by Islamic terrorists

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The raids by Garda anti-terrorist officers were part of an overseas investigation into support cells for jihadi activists. It underlines once again that while Ireland may be an extremely unlikely target for an attack by international terrorist groups, it can be used by sympathisers to provide logistical aid to potential killers elsewhere.

In the past, this country has been used by al-Qa’ida sympathisers, who provided logistical support for active cells overseas by assisting with fundraising and producing false identity documentation, including highly valuable Irish passports, that could be used in other countries to help prepare for an attack.

The man arrested yesterday is suspected of committing an offence under anti-terrorist legislation, which was introduced here in 2015. It created three new crimes of publicly provoking an act of terrorism, helping recruit terrorists and training them.

Police sought assistance of gardaí after inquiries in other European countries disclosed possible involvement of a Dublin link to support cells.

Raids were also carried out in Limerick and Wexford last June when officers seized social welfare documentation, which had previously been connected to Rachid Redouane, who was shot dead by police shortly after the terrorist attack on London Bridge.

The Government has to continue providing the resources to allow gardaí to develop the response to international terrorism.

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