Following on from my article last week about The Muslim Brotherhood, I have sought to deduce further the presence of different groups and mechanisms here in Ireland that promote Islamic interests. This has thrown up several interesting and discomfiting results. While I don’t intend to write a thesis about it I will try to flesh things out enough that you may feel like reading into things a little more yourself.
Let’s start at the beginning.
The Muslim community from the beginning have been multi-ethnic and arriving for different reasons. It wasn’t until the 90’s that numbers began to climb notably, with a major jump-as with all inward migration-during the 00’s.
The first Islamic organisation in Ireland, The Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI), was set up in 1959 to accommodate students studying in Dublin. There were no mosques in Dublin until 1976 when the IFI set one up on Harrington street using financing from the King of Saudi Arabia most notably. Two years later in 81’ a full time Imam was sponsored with money from Kuwait.
The IFI now reside on the South Circular Road where they are well established with a mosque and Islamic centre, with all the trimmings of charity and religious status giving them plenty of financial loopholes to slither through. There have also been accusations of connections with extremists and of attempting to form sharia patrols in the area, though these are unconfirmed as yet.
Since that time a good number of mosques have popped up all over the island variously funded by different states and entities in the Middle East. While there is only one Shia mosque thus far the more numerous and virulent Sunnis have several.
The Council of Imams
These different groups in the majority adhere to the Irish council of Imams a group headed up by none other than our old pal Hussein Halawa, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI). This group specifically have numerous and deeply embedded ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and can be seen as the ruling body of Islamic poison in Ireland and secondary capitol for Islam in Europe.
Their funding is shady and their connections to extremism are oft talked about, not least their golden child Ibrahim Halawa who we can only hope rots to death in Egypt.
All told Ireland has a population of over 63 thousand Muslims according to the 2016 census (not accounting for illegals and non respondents), with the vast majority of these falling under the influence of the Irish Council of Imams and by extension the Halawa’s and associates. I have said before how we are perceived internationally and domestically as a sort of safe house for extremists seeking to operate in the UK and Europe.
Worldwide you can perceive Islamic expansionism as being headed by a handful of large groups that feed the many entities we see in day to day life and in the media, be they benign or otherwise. These would include the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia and it’s Wahhabi influence and then Iranian backed Shia groups.
While the Council of Imams could be perceived as dominated by MB influence, the Saudis also have a presence here that is quite considerable and decidedly understated.
In Dublin we find that apart from the embassy there are two buildings of note, the Arab-Irish chamber of commerce and the Saudi Cultural Bureau.
Starting first with the chamber of commerce, a place where the considerable and growing business and investment portfolio of Saudi scumshits is managed and promoted while domestic politicos and businessmen get to brown nosing as only they know how. The Saudis have a well established interest in our stud farms and horse racing industry and they have gotten to work at diversifying into all the other usual fields of investment.
The chamber of course also acts as the real embassy for Saudi interest here, where they can channel funding far more quietly and acquire influence far more effectively among the moneyed elite.
Now we come to the Cultural Bureau.
You would be forgiven for not knowing of its existence, indeed upon searching it out online you find social media accounts only in Arabic, it seems us paddies shouldn’t be concerned with the place at all and it is only aimed at Saudis themselves. It categorises itself as a government Organisation at least, but what it’s aims or activities are is harder to discern.
Certainly they have spared no expense in the space they take up at The Stockyard on Sherrif St., Dublin-considering what a small population they have here it is in an interesting development.
Times are changing
Overall our situation here is that we have an active, established and well resourced Islamic growth on this island. With the normalisation of these desert animals by liberal media, the increasing instance of converts and the cooperation of the moneyed elite, keep an eye around you as the Islamic community gain more and more prominence in Irish life.
Their advocates among the left in Irish politics are also numerous and whether you look to the eunuchs in Solidarity or the Palestinian fetishists in Sinn Fein, Islam has all the friends it could ask for here.