Naturalised Irish residents who journey to participate in battle ought to have their citizenship revoked, the chairman of an Irish Muslim group has stated.
Dr Umar Al Qadri was talking after an Irish passport holder was captured in Syria by Kurdish-led forces combating so-called Islamic State.
The person, who’s in his mid-40s, is initially from Belarus.
He got here to Eire in 2000 and lived and labored in south Dublin for quite a few years.
The person was identified to gardaí (Irish police) as an Islamic State sympathiser earlier than he left Eire along with his spouse and household in 2013 to journey to the Center East.
Dr Qadri is the chairperson of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council.
He stated that naturalised Irish residents who depart to struggle overseas must be not be accepted again in Eire, however deported to their international locations of origin.
Dr Qadri described them as harmful individuals who stay so even in jail as a result of they might radicalise others.
He additionally criticised Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar’s remark that consular help can be obtainable to any such particular person overseas.
Dr Qadri stated Eire wanted to ship out a robust message to individuals who have chosen to depart the state and struggle overseas that the nation is towards extremism.
Talking in Mali earlier, Mr Varadkar stated: “The knowledge now we have is that an Irish citizen has been taken into custody in Syria.
“We do not know the main points of that so I can not touch upon it in any element, however what I can say is that any Irish citizen world wide is entitled to consular help and can get that.”
A spokesperson for the Division of International Affairs stated no requests for consular help on behalf of an Irish citizen captured in Syria have been made to it.