A specialised Garda unit is quietly building close ties with the Muslim community in Ireland as fears of terror attacks by Islamic extremists spread across Europe.

The Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office is in constant contact with Islamic leaders and followers who provide valuable information which is helping to curb the threat of Ireland being used as a hub for jihadist terrorists.

The squad spent more than a decade developing relationships with the Muslim community which are now coming to bear fruit, as the so-called Islamic State looks to prey on young men living in Ireland for its barbaric holy war.

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