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New armed garda unit to monitor growing terror threat in Dublin

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A heavily armed Reginal Support Unit has been set up to deal with a growing security threat in Dublin
A heavily armed Reginal Support Unit has been set up to deal with a growing security threat in Dublin

It has been revealed that up to 40 people, who are said to be Islamic State supporters or fighters, are based in Ireland.

The individuals are being monitored by Gardai and the Army Intelligence units, according to today's Irish Independent.

The paper says that the majority of suspects are involved in recruitment and logistic support for the extremist terror group.

It also reveals that a new armed garda Regional Support Unit has been assigned to Dublin to deal with what they believe is a growing security threat.

The unit will have up to 60 members, 10 sergeants and 50 gardai.

It is expected that the unit will be deployed on the streets to free up time for the Emergency Response Unit to work on other counter-terrorism operations.

According to the report, the individuals that the intelligence units are watching are involved in recruitment but some suspected of being jihadi fighters have been prevented from leaving the country and are under constant surveillance.

The National Security Committee, made up of senior members of the gardai, the Army plus officials from the Departments of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs, raised Ireland's terror threat to 'moderate' after last year's Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Despite subsequent incidents around the globe the threat level has remained at 'moderate', which means that a terror attack is possible but unlikely.