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If Isis were to attack Ireland, what places would be target?

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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭Jim Bob Scratcher


    The Field


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭fergiesfolly


    They could launch multiple strategic strikes against prime targets that would cripple the economy and be seen as a strike against our way of life and core values.

    All together now...
    "Tasty and tempting food at ......"


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,567 ✭✭✭✭Fratton Fred


    We have or had forces at one stage or another in Lebenon, Liberia, Kosovo, Lybia, Sierra Leon. We have Private Military Companies and security forces working in Afganistan and Iraq right now made up of ex Ranger Wing members providing private security protection services.

    We poke or nose in plenty and that's without mentioning Shannon stop overs and the fact we let military aircraft use our airspace.

    There's currently 7 members of the Irish military based in the ISAF HQ in Kabul as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 949 ✭✭✭amber69


    The Field

    Which one?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,065 ✭✭✭crazygeryy


    Enda kennys forehead.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 925 ✭✭✭Green Peter


    Trumps doonbeg golf club and hotel!


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭Jim Bob Scratcher


    amber69 wrote: »
    Which one?

    The one from Fr Ted.


  • Registered Users Posts: 137 ✭✭IrishCule


    PARlance wrote: »
    In Paris, the Capital city of France, one of the biggest cities in Europe.
    The French have been preparing / on guard / waiting for them for over a decade.

    The town hall in Moate just wouldn't have the same appeal to them. But don't let me dampen the worry.

    The things is you are confusing "them" as terrorist coming from the middle east with their origins in the middle east. More than likely if this happens it will be Irish citizens that will do it, Irish citizens sympathetic to ISIS who have (maybe even haven't) gone to Syria and come back.

    So really any place could be a target, even the town hall in Moate. It will get headlines and instil fear in people no matter where it is as long as its linked to Islamic fundamentalism.

    That said the likelihood of being caught up in one is so small that there is no point in worrying about it despite how terrifying it is.......there is nothing you can do.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭c_man


    They could launch multiple strategic strikes against prime targets that would cripple the economy and be seen as a strike against our way of life and core values.

    All together now...
    "Tasty and tempting food at ......"

    You shouldn't joke. By disabling, or disrupting, our Supermacs infrastructure at least 35% of the population will be in danger of starvation within three days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,976 ✭✭✭✭Akrasia


    Trumps doonbeg golf club and hotel!

    I was thinking about this the other day and I'm wondering what the consequences of this would be. Isis want a response, that's why they're doing it. They probably also want Trump to get elected because he's the most unstable candidate and most likely to play into their hands, so would a campaign targetting his hotels strengthen his presidential race or weaken it?

    I think it would guarantee him the republican nomination, he would play the 'I told you so' card, the sympathy card and he would make hay out of attacking anyone who says 'What did you expect, you've been goading them' as terrorist apologists


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  • Can you imagine if they attacked Temple Bar during Paddy's Day? It'd be an absolute massacre. Hundreds of extremely inebriated people in a very tight space ...


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,046 ✭✭✭✭PARlance


    IrishCule wrote: »
    The things is you are confusing "them" as terrorist coming from the middle east with their origins in the middle east. More than likely if this happens it will be Irish citizens that will do it, Irish citizens sympathetic to ISIS who have (maybe even haven't) gone to Syria and come back.

    The thing is, I didn't assume or confuse anything like that at all.
    IrishCule wrote: »
    So really any place could be a target, even the town hall in Moate. It will get headlines and instil fear in people no matter where it is as long as its linked to Islamic fundamentalism.

    That said the likelihood of being caught up in one is so small that there is no point in worrying about it despite how terrifying it is.......there is nothing you can do.

    Yip, everywhere is a target...
    Their track record is high impact locations. It would be a massive deviation from the norm.

    The evolution of terrorist attacks in the West in brief:
    New York, London, Madrid, Paris, Moate

    (Sorry Moate, I'm sure you'll build a bridge and get over it)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,191 ✭✭✭FionnK86


    IrishCule wrote: »
    The things is you are confusing "them" as terrorist coming from the middle east with their origins in the middle east. More than likely if this happens it will be Irish citizens that will do it, Irish citizens sympathetic to ISIS who have (maybe even haven't) gone to Syria and come back.

    So really any place could be a target, even the town hall in Moate. It will get headlines and instil fear in people no matter where it is as long as its linked to Islamic fundamentalism.

    That said the likelihood of being caught up in one is so small that there is no point in worrying about it despite how terrifying it is.......there is nothing you can do.

    There are more United Ireland Fundamentalists here, than Islam Fundamentalists. And they are just as crazy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭c_man


    FionnK86 wrote: »
    There are more United Ireland Fundamentalists here, than Islam Fundamentalists. And they are just as crazy.

    Yeah sure they are, good man yourself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭DakarVert


    Either Shannon Airport or a Shopping Center.
    Imagine the carnage during Christmas,

    Thousands of people in relatively confined spaces with easy access and little security.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,358 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy


    kevincool wrote: »
    Why would they attack? Ireland does not poke it's nose in anything?
    What did the Eagles Of Death Metal and their fans ever do to them?
    kevincool wrote: »
    You all are just paranoid. There was never an Islamist attack in Ireland and will not be unless ireland send their military for the war on terrorism.
    There was never an Anglo-Norman invasion before 1169.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 790 ✭✭✭Sciprio


    They would want maximum casualties so i guess a packed spot like Templebar might be their choice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,006 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989


    A synchronised attack in Blanchardstown,Liffey valley and Dundrum shopping centres

    1 "man" at each location 1 ak47 each

    horribly easy:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,766 ✭✭✭circadian


    A field in Leitrim. Ha! Take that you culchie infidels!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,873 ✭✭✭melissak


    Considering that the turmoil in the middle east is due to western greed for other people's oil, if they were to bother doing something here, which is highly unlikely as Ireland hasn't offended isis , the shell plant in Ross port would be the obvious one I think. Considering how explosive gas tends to be this would be catastrophic.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭JeffKenna


    A GAA match would be the ideal target. Walk away into Semple or any major venue with no security what so ever.

    Hopefully Cork will be playing.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,873 ✭✭✭melissak


    Or Shandon airport to thwart America.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,061 ✭✭✭✭Harry Palmr


    Dublin's O'Connell Street Patties Day with any luck.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 46,938 ✭✭✭✭Nodin


    Well I see the Christmas spirit has cast its spell over everyone.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    Stadia are actually not that great as targets overall - it's a lot of people but it's also a huge space. An explosive vest or an automatic weapon will only have an effect on the immediate area. They're also designed for fast dispersal of people so people will have evacuated pretty quickly. Plus getting into a stadium with a concealed weapon is not that easy, so you'd have to go with the bomb.

    The visual impact will be high with 80,000 people claiming they nearly died even though they were 400m away from the bomb. But in terms of body count it would be small.

    The reason they went for the Batalcan in Paris is because it's a relatively small venue, once you storm the doors you're practically inside the theatre floor and can open fire on an unaware crowd. Larger venues like the point there are a number of barriers to get through before you get to the crowd, meaning your chances of success are far smaller and the crowd likely aware of an issue before you even get near them.

    The actual number of extremists is small. They wouldn't have 20 people who can strategically position themselves in a venue to set off bombs. There might be 4 or 5 of them at most, and they're not all going to be suicide bombers.

    So, like in Paris, they will aim for targets that you can launch straight attacks on. Covert operations that involve sneaking into venues and placing yourself among the crowd are much harder to pull off successfully.


  • Registered Users Posts: 740 ✭✭✭kazamo


    crazygeryy wrote: »
    Enda kennys forehead.

    Not much damage could be inflicted there in that wide empty space


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,086 ✭✭✭eviltimeban


    The next water charges protest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,996 ✭✭✭Duck Soup


    American targets in Ireland. The American Embassy itself has reasonable security, but still might draw Isis' attention.

    Apart from that, big American companies in Ireland - Apple, Google, Microsoft, - of which there are plenty.


  • Registered Users Posts: 740 ✭✭✭kazamo


    The 1916 centenary commerations next April.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,379 ✭✭✭donegaLroad


    I would be worried that the car ferrys would be a target. They could easily drive on a few cars with concealed guns, wait until the boat is half an hour into the journey, then turn on the passengers.

    Either that or just drive on a huge bomb and detonate it half way across the Irish Sea on a stormy night.

    I would be stepping up security on Irish Ferries and Stena Line in a very big way if I were them. Hopefully they already are..


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