Flanagan: 'No evidence' of terrorist transit hub or camps in Ireland

Flanagan: 'No evidence' of terrorist transit hub or camps in Ireland

The Foreign Affairs Minister said Ireland is not a hub for terrorists travelling to fight in Syria or Iraq.

Charlie Flanagan also told the Dáil reports of terrorist training camps here are not correct.

Last year, an investigation by CNN put Ireland in second place in Europe for the number of fighters going to the Middle East per head of population.

However, Minister Flanagan insists Ireland is not a soft target for terrorists to use:

"Ireland is not a transit hub for people to travel to Turkey or beyond on their way to Syria - any more than any other country with international flight connections can be said to be a hub," he told the chamber.

"There is no evidence … to support assertions in the media that organised terrorist training or recruitment camps are here."


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