Cross border risk from ISIS

Dublin is concerned about the possibility of an ISIS terror attack, writes David McNarry
Dublin is concerned about the possibility of an ISIS terror attack, writes David McNarry

All right thinking people will welcome and support the arrival here of Syrian refugees.

I trust they will find their accommodation to their liking and safety.

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

However, we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of pride when security information from the Irish Republic, only 1.5 hours away from Belfast is causing alarm.

Verified security reports from An Garda Síochána Special Branch to both British and American intelligence agencies, point to the Irish Republic having deeper concerns over young Muslim activists than they do over dissident IRA groups.

The PSNI today rate the threat from an ISIS attack in Northern Ireland to be moderate.

On all accounts the red alert warnings should be issued.

Yet, it seems that hidden from the public, under a ‘play it all down scenario’, is the truth that our cities and towns and our people and children are in.

We have the only land border in the UK. It is a porous border without any security control or semblance of police patrols.

Yet, it is a safe haven crossing for unwanted criminals and economic tourists via the Irish Republic. Logistically, our easy border crossing is an open door for ISIS followers living and being radicalised in the south.

Don’t let it be said that you haven’t been warned! The threat from dissident terrorists is very real to us.

To discover that An Garda Síochána Special Branch consider the threat from young Muslim radicals to be greater than republican dissidents, tells us all we need to know.

Who knows just what kind of people are crossing our border in an onward journey into the UK mainland?

Who knows how many are crossing but staying here to develop ISIS cells in Belfast?

We should know and be assured that ISIS threats are not moderate but zero!

David McNarry MLA, Ukip leader NI