IRISH PASSPORT HOLDERS FOUND FIGHTING FOR ISIS SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF CITIZENSHIP

RENUA Ireland has warned that; ‘’those who secure Irish passports who are caught fighting for groups such as ISIS should be automatically stripped of their citizenship’’.

The party was commenting on the case of Alexandr Bekmirzaev, a former Chechen native who grew up in Belarus before moving to Dublin where he secured an Irish passport.

Responding to his capture in Syria Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, ‘any Irish citizen around the world is entitled to consular assistance and will get that’.

RENUA Ireland, however, warned;

‘’The Taoiseach’s position on this issue is naïve and inappropriate.

An Irish passport is a privilege not a right and should be immediately forfeited in cases involving international terrorism.

We should be more than a mere flag of convenience for international terrorists.

This individual should be stripped of his citizenship as swiftly as possible as can be done under law as distinct to being mollycoddled by our diplomatic services.

Irish Muslims who have integrated into this country very closely are appalled by his actions and we should be guided by their view that the last thing we, as a society need is to secure the reputation of being a nursery for Islamic fundamentalists.

Ireland has suffered enough from the actions of our own variant of political fundamentalism and should not be encouraging new ones’’.

The party also warned; ‘’The Department of Justice has serious questions to answer on how easily this mysterious individual appears to have secured a passport with such apparent ease.

The Department must explain how this epic fail occurred and the extent and nature of its monitoring of his activities once he came to their attention.

It must respond to concerns over his work in the private security industry. Both the Gardai and the Private Security Association, who are supposed to licence those involved in security via Garda vetting, must explain how an individual with known links to Islamic terror could operate in such a sensitive field.

Yet again it appears to be the case that separate Government Agencies are as incapable of working together as the Hindu parable of the blind men of Hindustan who thought an elephant was a snake.

Yet again it appears government agencies are incapable of liaising with each-other.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan must initiate an immediate inquiry into how this sequence of events occurred. Both the minister and the sleepy Taoiseach must also move swiftly to restore public confidence in the adequacy of our domestic response to Islamic terrorism.

And that will require a far more comprehensive response by the latter than his dismissive one liner on the issue’’