What about the Irish who went to fight for either side in the Spanish Civil War? Comparison there?No comparison, why did the IRA carry out those attacks? Because the Brits were oppressing their people, forcing them to live in squalid conditions, depriving them of the right to work and vote.
In 1998 the IRA lay down their arms and entered into a peace process that has lasted over twenty years, do you honestly think Islamists would ever negotiate with their enemies like that?
What are Islamists in Ireland motivated by? What have we done to them?
If as you claim Alan Shatter was devaluing Irish citizenship, it would be further devalued if it were a case that it could be removed based on one's political or religious beliefs.Great to see an idealist marching down the middle of the road flying the Irish flag and singing: "Faith of our Fahters" as gaielige...
But the world ain't like that any more (SADLY)
The whole notion of citizenship as been diluted and degraded to exclude any notion of patriotism. Even back in SeeJay's day alias Charles Haughey he was giving away Irish passports to wealthy Arabs --- ummm ... for a fee.
The Irish diaspora has been wise to avail of citizenhip as the opportunity arose in their new country and Alan Shatter distributed Irish citizenship and passports like confetti at a wedding or snuff at a wake.
Other countries take a different approach: European countries such as Germany discourage multilple citizenship, the Americans want any citizen whether in the US or living abroad to pay American tax... or forfeit their American citizenship. No joke.
The long and the short of it is that whereas you might have these deep notions of the sacredness and irrevocability of Irish citizenship or patriotism, other people don't share the same fervour.
See for example Lisa Smith