Govt urged to take more serious approach to terror threat

The Government is being urged to take a more serious approach to the threat of international terrorist cells using Ireland as a launching pad for attacks on other countries.

The call follows reports that up to six Islamic terrorists cells, including one with links to al-Qaida, were active in this country in 2003.

Fine Gael defence spokesman Billy Timmins says the Government has a duty to protect its own people as well as those of other nations.

He has accused the Government of not taking the matter seriously enough in the belief that the international terrorist threat will not have an impact on Ireland.

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