Ireland needs a programme, similar to one in place in the United Kingdom, to help prevent young people from becoming radicalised, an activist and former director of the organisation British Muslims for Secular Democracy has said.

Tehmina Kazi, a policy and advocacy officer with the Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance, spoke at a symposium on radicalisation, Islamophobia and integration held in Blanchardstown, Dublin, on Saturday.

Ms Kazi highlighted the importance of developing "a critical thinking curriculum" in schools in conjunction with the promotion of strong role models in Muslim communities.

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