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An attack on Ireland by ISIS or Al Qaeda could happen at any time

ISIS members shoot and murder a police office in Paris before the Charlie Hebdo massacre
ISIS members shoot and murder a police office in Paris before the Charlie Hebdo massacre

The president of the Garda Representative Association Dermot O’Brien told the 37th annual conference that officers need more weapons because religious fundamentalists may attack.

The Sun reports that the GRA chief demanded gardai be armed to deal with the terror threat. 

“Something that hasn’t hit the shores of this country but that is not maybe too far away is the potential of a religious fundamentalist attack,” said Mr O’Brien.

“Our members are going to be the first at the scene in relation to any such attacks. We have no less lethal form of protection.

“We have the asp baton, we have pepper spray and then we have the gun – we have nothing in between,” he continued.

Dermot O’Brien

“We need a less lethal form of protection for our members, such as a taser. This may be a deterrent.

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Mr O’Brien reminded those present that Ireland is not inside a bubble and is open to attack.

“Because it’s happening elsewhere, you have to be conscious of the fact.

“We don’t live in a bubble on the western seaboard of Europe and think that we are not going to experience anything of this kind.”

Mr O’Brien again reiterated the need for tasers to be considered for on duty gardai by adding:

“Our members will be first at the scene and the chances of it being an armed member will be fairly slim because of the cutbacks.

Last year Dr Ali al-Saleh, imam at the Shia mosque in Milltown, Dublin, warned that Islamic extremists are active in Ireland saying:

"They (ISIL members) live here, they are active at the level of small circles, giving lectures, talking to the youth," Dr Saleh told Newstalk Breakfast.

"This is a problem. We've said that from the beginning, now we have it. We didn't tackle it from the beginning. It is a duty of us, the Imam, to talk openly against those things.

"I ask the Muslims here to cooperate with the gardai and to notify them about any activities like this," he added.

Thanks to Dr al-Saleh, gardai prevented a controversial Muslim cleric Mohammed al-Arifi ,who "preaches hatred", from entering Ireland.