An Irish imam has told of being verbally abused on the street and having a bottle thrown at his head because of negative perceptions of Islam in Ireland.

Speaking ahead of his address to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association's national convention in Maynooth on Sunday, Waterford native Ibrahim Noonan – who was the first Irish man to become an imam – said radical Muslim extremism is a problem in Ireland, but one that started more than a decade ago, rather than as a response to recent acts of terror.

"That's the first sign I saw, in 2003 and 2004, that even in Ireland they are trying to radicalise Muslims here," said the head of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in Ireland.

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