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Controversial Muslim leader to hold conference in Ireland
by Cormac O'Keeffe
A controversial and highly influential Muslim religious leader, banned from Britain and US, is holding a five-day conference in Ireland with top Muslim clerics from here and abroad.
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is the head of the European Council for Fatwah and Research (ECFR), which is based in Dublin at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI).
The council is located here, in Clonskeagh, while Sheikh al-Qaradawi is based in Qatar.
The Imam of the ICCI Sheikh Hussein Muhammad Halawa is the current secretary general of the ECFR, although the ICCI has asserted that the two bodies are "completely independent".
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