26 fighters have left Ireland to join Syrian rebels - Independent.ie
A highly worrying development that such a high number of de facto jihadists are able to come and go from Ireland as they please.MORE fighters are likely to have travelled from Ireland to join the rebels in the Syrian civil war per capita than any other European country.
Newly published research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has found that as many as 26 people from Ireland are known to have taken part in the conflict since it broke out in 2011.
Prof Neumann said that European governments should be "concerned" that people from their countries have travelled to fight in Syria and said "they should monitor the situation".
But he added: "They shouldn't assume that everyone who comes back is an al-Qa'ida terrorist."
One would hope that these individuals and their associates in Ireland are being documented and monitored by the authorities.
This is another indicator of the ease in which islamist extremists operate in this country. They may not be actively plotting against Ireland itself, but they are taking advantage of the freedom from proper scrutiny our feckless governments have been giving them to organise and operate for purposes elsewhere