Today saw over four thousand people become “new” Irish citizens, the 73rd such group to become, in the words of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, “part of the national family” since citizenship ceremonies were introduced in June 2011.
At a time when Ireland’s national morale is near to an all-time low, it is good to remember that there is still hope in Ireland and hope for Ireland. It seems to me a vote of confidence in Ireland that people come here from every continent and say “I want to be Irish” and it lifts my heart that we are still, despite everything, capable of showing generosity as a Nation. Maybe the idea of an Irish welcome isn’t so much blarney after all.
Or maybe it is. We once voted, and recently enough, by a massive majority, that a child born in Ireland is not necessarily Irish. It is fervently to be hoped that such days are behind us and a manifestation of the worst excesses of the Celtic Tiger.
And yet. I hear it all the time, the mean-spirited remark that “They shouldn’t be let in” or “Haven’t we enough of them” or worse. My favourite refrain from the hard-of-feeling is “We should look after our own first”. You never seem to hear that from people who actually give a damn about “our own”, do you?
The satirist Tara Flynn was herself subjected to appalling attacks when she made the film “Racist B&B“, a very funny and subtly serious piece of work highlighting the racist abuse aimed at her husband.
Attitudes toward immigrants tend to harden in times of austerity and while we have yet to see any sort of large-scale organised anti-immigrant groups, we have plenty of free-range racists and we have no shortage of those wanting to appeal to them. Noel O’Flynn TD managed to top the poll in Cork North-Central in 2002 after calling asylum-seekers in Cork “spongers, freeloaders and conmen”.
There have been attempts to form an Irish fascist party, which thankfully fell apart in predictably hilarious fashion. This was the brain-child of, principally, a Mr Michael Quinn, about whom the mighty Fintan O’Toolbox has blogged here. More about Ireland’s hapless fascists in a moment.
We have been so-far blessed in the sheer stupidity of those who would organise in the name of racism in Ireland. We cannot afford to be complacent. That said, this really made me smile. My friend Elaine Edwards saw a depressing piece of graffiti on a hoarding on Tara Street in Dublin the other day. “Ireland for the Irish” was its deep and meaningful message. However, by the time Elaine had returned to photograph it (above), some brilliant soul had amended it so it now read “Ireland for all. Feck racism”.
Mark Twain said “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand”, so courtesy of my pal Rudy, I’ll leave you with one of the funniest things I’ve ever read on the internet.
Ireland’s seven-man fascist movement is already on its third Split, the latest of which occurred when “The Irish Nationalist Movement” broke off from “Democratic Right Ireland”. This is the report on The Split, as written by former Quinn lieutenant John Kavanagh. Sadly, it omits Kavanagh’s summation of Quinn’s fighting prowess: “He was in the IRA for years and all he learned to do was bite people”. These guys are exactly who you think they are. Enjoy.
“And yet. I hear it all the time, the mean-spirited remark that “They shouldn’t be let in” or “Haven’t we enough of them” or worse.”
The onus is on you to explain why we need the large scale immigration of the sort we have seen since about 1997.
Saying its mean spirited to isn’t really enough of an objection.
ITs really just an appeal to emotion.
The reason there is no respectable coherent political objections to immigration in Ireland is fear of losing ones job or attack by antifa elements(Interestingly Kavanagh has been assaulted by such people before from what I read on p.ie). Irish People are simply not asked about immigration so this is where resentment comes from. When Irish people are asked they seem to vote for restricting immigration as the overwhelming passing of the “racist” citizenship referendum showed.
Is it easy to point at the extremes and laugh.
If you want to read something that has stats in it try here:
And here for a little information on our growing anti-racism industry.
You’re quite right. We need a proper anti-immigration policy in this beautiful island paradise and to this end I suggest we emulate North Korea and do everything in our power to stay racially pure.
God forbid that any foreign blood seep in and infect our sacred Irish ethnicity.
Let us stay purely Irish. After all, we didn’t need any foreign influence to produce Irish heroes in the fields of politics, business, philanthropy, the arts or sports.
I’m thinking of Irish greats such as Saint Patrick, Charles Stewart Parnell, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmund Burke, Eamon DeValera, Constance Markiewicz, Chaim Herzog, Arthur Guinness, Thomas Barnardo, Charles Bianconi, Ivan Beshoff, Giuseppi Cervi, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, C.S. Lewis, David Marcus, Bob Geldof, Philip Lynott, Samantha Mumba, Louis Le Brocquy, Kevin Sharkey, Basil Rákóczi, Amy Huberman, Michael Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Martin Sheen, Paul McGrath, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Teu Ó hAilpín, Aisake Ó hAilpín, Jason Sherlock and Simon Zebo.
Ireland, due to our past history and present day emigration woes, is one of the most under-populated countries in Europe. We are in fact not financially viable with such a small population and it will take another 20-30 years before our population starts to make any financial sense (http://www.intertradeireland.com/media/intertradeirelandcom/researchandstatistics/publications/infrastructure/Infrastructure%20for%20an%20Island%20Population%20of%208%20Million%20Full%20Report.pdf). Despite having one of the youngest populations under 25 in the EU we are not having enough children – our birthrate is under the 2.1 replacement rate that is necessary to maintain a stable population size (http://www.finance.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=6106). We also have the fourth highest reject rate of Asylum seekers in the EU (http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-asylum-seekers-eu-955725-Jun2013/). The majority of immigration in Ireland is legal and from the EU, which, like it or not, we don’t have much say over and there is very little we can do about it. The majority of economic studies I have read support the idea that migrants contribute more to a country than they take out of. I refer you to http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/sites/default/files/uploads/report-migrants-irish-economy.pdf
Ireland, the land of a thousand welcomes, 990 of which are trying to find out who you are and what you are doing here….. …..and that is just the city. Just wait til you get to rural Ireland!
My daughter’s boyfriend is from ‘Cork’ he is also black and the racist abuse they have to put up with is disgraceful, it is not coming from the older generation or the ‘country people’ the shouts of ‘hands off our women you black bastard’ come from disgruntled teens who should know better.
Education is the key to acceptance
Multiculturalism doesn’t work. With everyone I know leaving Ireland our population continues to increase. In addition a huge Mosque is given planning in Dublin and in this current climate. What amazes me about you libtards is that you and your ilk fought (correctly) for gender/sexual equality yet you endorse and welcome a religion that believes homosexuals should be stoned and that Women have zero rights. What say you Libtard? Am I just another racist or what will you become when you have daughters and the new Irish, without fear of recrimination abuse her on the streets and in the workplace. Try and answer without using the R word
I’m trying to answer without using the R word, the C word and indeed the Islamohobic Arsehole word. Oops.
And “Libtard”? I’d say you’re a fairly articulate and well-thought-out boyeen there, alright, Greg.
So basically your entire argument in the end boils down to my hypothetical daughters and your attempt to stir Fear Of A Black Man.
Yes, you’re a racist.