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Taoiseach says Isis 'want to blow up Newgrange'

And the Rock of Cashel too.

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY today spoke of the serious danger posed by the Islamic State group that refugees in the Middle East are currently fleeing from.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Kenny pointed to the growth of the terrorist group in Syria alone and the global threats they pose.

Purely from the historical point of view, they want to blow up Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel, they want children shooting others in the head – this is horrendous.

At the end of last month, the terror group blew up a historic temple in Syria. They have previously carried out a campaign of “cultural cleansing” in Iraq selling valued artefacts on the black market and smashing statues.

In Libya and Mali they also destroyed several mausoleums and in Afghanistan they obliterated two 1,500-year-old Buddha statues.

This is the destructive and violent group the tens of thousands of people heading for Europe are running from, the Taoiseach said.

Though it is still not clear today how many refugees Ireland will be taking in response to the crisis in Europe, the Taoiseach said this is not a numbers game.

“We don’t want to get bogged down in the statistics, this is about humanity,” he said.

Read: Here are some of the heritage sites Islamic State have blown up so far>

Read: It’s still not clear how many refugees Ireland is taking>

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