“It can be expected that these terrorist activities may continue in the future.”

Newshound notes a report in the Irish Examiner on the increase in the number of people arrested in Ireland [Republic of] on terrorist-related activities last year – “49 of the 52 arrests were related to dissident republican groups, while three were related to suspected Islamic terrorism.” The EU TESAT report 2009 is available here [pdf file].

The EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2009 said Ireland had the fifth highest number of terrorism arrests in the EU last year. The number of arrests have jumped from four in 2006 to 24 in 2007 to 52 last year. “The increase in terrorist activities in the Republic of Ireland is reflected in the number of persons arrested and charged with unlawful membership of the organisation and other related offences.”

And here’s what the EU TESAT report says on Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Although the terrorist threat related to Northern Ireland has diminished in recent years, with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) and the main loyalist groups ceasing their terrorist campaigns and engaging in peaceful political process, dissident Irish republican groups, principally the RIRA and the CIRA, and other paramilitary groups continue to engage in crime and violence, including shootings and the use of IEDs. Incidents have included the placing of incendiary devices in commercial premises, attempted attacks against infrastructure, such as roads and railways, and attacks targeting the police, including an IED attack against an offduty police officer, which resulted in serious injury. It can be expected that these terrorist activities may continue in the future.