A candidate in the upcoming by-elections has claimed that “a big part of the migrant population” in Ireland consists of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters. The comments were made by Verona Murphy.
She had previously argued that asylum seekers coming to Ireland have to be “deprogrammed” because they could be “possibly infiltrated by ISIS”.
The ISIS threat
Murphy, who is a Fine Gael candidate in the Wexford by-elections, was speaking to the Irish Times when she made the comments. She told the paper that ISIS supporters make up “a big part of the migrant population” in the country. And given this, she remarked that society needs to protect itself.
This follows a previous controversy just last week when she declared that asylum seekers have to be “deprogrammed” due to the influence of ISIS. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, she contended that asylum seekers
are coming from such war-torn countries that they have to be deprogrammed, for the want of a better word, but through support services.
She went on to assert:
They carry angst that you wouldn’t ordinarily see, possibly infiltrated by ISIS, and we have to protect ourselves against that.
The election candidate later apologised for her comments saying she was “very sorry to anyone offended by them”.
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