RENUA Ireland has said; ‘’the government must add ISIL and other extremist Islamic terror groups to the list of proscribed Irish Organizations’’.
The party said;
‘’It is time for the government to act pro-actively on this issue.
We as a country have sufficient experience of combating terrorism to act far more swiftly to deal with the issue of Lisa Smith.
We should in this regard use the precedent set where the IRA continues to be an unlawful organisation in the Republic of Ireland under the Offences Against the State Acts.
The government should convene the Dail to pass emergency legislation to add ISIL and other extremist terror organizations to this grouping.
It should also add a codicil denying bail to any-one arrested on suspicion of such membership’’.
The party also warned that;
‘’Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is correct to say Ireland cannot avoid its responsibilities.
But he also has a responsibility to ensure known and self-confessed terrorists are not allowed swan around the talk-show circuit when they return to our shores.
Treason is treason and must be dealt with accordingly.
Those who swan away on foreign adventures with ISIS need to know the price of return is prolonged incarceration.
It is also obvious that going to Syria or going to live in what was called Islamic State, is not in itself an offence or a crime.
We disagree fundamentally with his claim that a compassionate response is required.
There is no space in responsible politics for compassionate responses to terrorists of any ilk.
That is taking a risk with the safety of Irish citizens.
Such gambles should not be taken for the sake of bonus points on Twitter’’.