False stories claim Ireland prepping for Muslim immigration

Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoisaech) Leo Varadkar greets President of the European Council Donald Tusk at Government buildings in Dublin on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Updated 08 March 2018
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False stories claim Ireland prepping for Muslim immigration

DUBLIN: An Irish government plan to address population growth isn’t an outline for “nation-destruction” that will bring in one million immigrants from Muslim countries, as claimed by several false stories circulating online.
The plan to address growth doesn’t specify countries where immigrants would come from, nor their religions.
Several websites tie all projected increases in the Ireland 2040 plan to immigrants — “likely Muslims” — from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan — and claim the prime minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is an “ethnic Indian.” The prime minister is the son of a Hindu doctor from India and an Irish nurse.
The sites said Varadkar was talking about the migration of more than a million people when he said, “It’s our big vision for how we want to reshape Ireland.”
The plan describes projected growth of around 1.1 million over 22 years. The leading nationalities of people moving to Ireland in the year before the country’s most recent census in 2016 were returning Irish citizens, followed by people from the United Kingdom and those from Brazil.
The quote attributed to Varadkar is accurate, but he did not say it in speaking of immigration. Varadkar tweeted that remark Feb. 16 about the plan as a whole, just before the government released it.


UK foiled four terror attacks in Europe: Intelligence chief

Updated 20 June 2018
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UK foiled four terror attacks in Europe: Intelligence chief

LONDON: The head of a British intelligence service said his country helped European countries thwart four planned terrorist attacks on their territory in 2017.

The Guardian newspaper has quoted Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Center for Government Communications, which is the equivalent of the US National Security Agency, saying that “London played a major role in disrupting terrorist operations in four European countries, last year. Continental Europe benefits directly from cooperation with the UK in the field of security, and our ability to interact contributes to saving lives.”

Fleming who was at Nato headquarters in Brussels, stressed the need for the EU and the UK to maintain mutual access to secret information data after Brexit.
“This cooperation must continue after Britain leaves the European Union, as this exchange is in the interests of the UK and all its European partners.”
Fleming’s statement came after EU officials hinted at possible security data sharing with post-Brexit Britain.