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Minister for Health Simon Harris told reporters that banning flights simply wouldn't work to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus into Ireland. He said free movement was at the core of the European Union and it needs to work together on all decisions and Ireland would always act in unison with the European Commission and the World Health Organisation.

Source: 26 Feb 2020
https://twitter.com/ronanduffy_/status/1232623872790401026

Hat-tip to Irish Wolf.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvq2hAMX47Y

At a Joint Committee meeting on the 11th of July 2018, Michael Kirrane, Director General of INIS at the Department of Justice admitted that when a deportation order is issued to someone, the obligation is on the person to remove themselves from the state.

"When a deportation order is issued, the obligation is on the person to remove themselves from the state."
"We can't be precise about how many actually do because we don't have exit checks."

He said that normally in a year, the Dept of Justice would issue about 1,000 deportation orders and about 140 or 150 would have been "affected in a particular year".

Séan Deegan, the former barrister appointed by the department of Justice to sit on a tribunal dealing with asylum seekers appealing their failed applications, rejected 498 out of 500 claims because it was his belief that they "were chancers who were telling lies and trying to game asylum system."

At the time, he told Joe Duffy that there were 4,300 in Direct Provision. 40% of them had deportation orders. He called it an industry.
https://soundcloud.com/nuala201/sean-deegan-explains-to-joe-duffy-why-he-rejected-498-out-of-500-asylum-claims

In 2005, JUSTICE Minister Michael McDowell hit out at the "rubbish" stories asylum seekers come up with to get into Ireland.
He gave examples for motivation to enter such as that of a first cousin of the applicant having been involved in a coup 20 years previously, or an asylum seeker having been selected by a cult for ritual sacrifice - or that they themselves had been asked to perform a ritual sacrifice.

Mr McDowell said: "They don't know how they get to Ireland because there are no direct flights, and they can't explain". "Cock-and-bull" and "far-fetched nonsense" were being given by people seeking asylum in Ireland.

He said the patience of Irish people would be very much tested if they knew the stories being told by people looking for asylum.
He said he would like to interview asylum seekers at the airport but the UN insists that I go through due procedure.

He added that he had never saw anybody involved in the NGO sector admitting there was a major problem with bogus asylum applications.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mcdowell-rubbishes-tall-stories-of-some-asylum-seekers-25985727.html

John O’Donoghue, a former justice minister, is among the top 20 highest-paid lawyers retained by his former department to help process asylum applications.

Figures released by the Department of Justice show that O’Donoghue, who qualified as a barrister in 2014, has been paid €79,040 since 2015 as a member of the case processing panel of the International Protection Office (IPO). Panellists are paid €615 for interviewing an applicant and then compiling a report. An extra €350 is paid for carrying out an interview and doing a report on the applicant’s spouse, and a further €95 for each dependent child.

According to the figures released, O’Donoghue is the 15th highest-paid member of the IPO panel of 69 lawyers used since 2015. The top earner is Niccolo Denti, a former intern with the UN high commissioner for refugees, who has earned €294,150. Denti has earned at least €60,000 each year, and his bill for the first 10 months of 2018 was €89,550.

The second highest-paid lawyer since 2015 is Ciara Durnin, a barrister, who has earned €182,955.

Tommy O’Donoghue, a barrister, is in third place with €145,600 since 2015. He got €77,770 last year.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ex-justice-minister-john-odonoghue-cashes-in-on-asylum-application-fees-ddzjckgs0

State asylum cases earned MEP Barry Andrews' wife €1m
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/state-asylum-cases-earned-exministers-wife-1m-29908349.html

Denis Naughten, former Fine Gael integration and immigration spokesperson had this to say:

The failure of the government to overhaul the refugee appeals tribunal and the asylum system in the country was funding the legal profession to the tune of €2.5 million through successful judicial reviews. The payment for judicial reviews was on top of another €1.2 million paid directly to lawyers who worked directly for the tribunal. He said the refugee appeals system has become a cash cow for the legal profession and needs to be overhauled.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty0NyO-6cjU

Source:
Joint Committee on Justice and Equality debate - Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/joint_committee_on_justice_and_equality/2018-07-11/3/?highlight%5B0%5D=michael&highlight%5B1%5D=kirrane
Video:
https://media.heanet.ie/page/4bda1122a2e8edd086fcfa6ec327a9be
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/video-archive/committees/1854/

More Africans in Ireland complete third level education than the population at large
This was revealed at CERD 2019, a UN hosted Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [2-3 December 2019].
Asylum seekers now eligible for third level grant after three years.
Applicants previously had to spend five years in education system to qualify for supports
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/asylum-seekers-now-eligible-for-third-level-grant-after-three-years-1.3914833
Seems to be it's the Irish who are being discriminated against.

This is an old report from May 2019. There were no further news updates or news reports.

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was dr-RN6E6WkA

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was BKzEzn0jtd4

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was v3AqZ7XZWdw

Tánaiste Simon Coveney was asked about the UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at a public meeting at the The Goat Bar & Grill in Dublin 14 on November the 27th, 2018. A member of the public asked the Táinaiste whether it was true that Irish government would be signing the compact which he described as a pact to "legalise illegal migration". The Tánaiste confirmed that the government would sign it.

Minister Coveney was told that Austria, Australia, America, Slovakia, Estonia, Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland and Israel have refused to sign the compact so far.

Coveney was also asked why there was a media black-out about the compact, and was told that the population of Africa was expected to triple between now and 2070 — many of whom will wish to migrate to Europe and Ireland.

Minister Coveney made no comment about the media black-out despite acknowledging that one of the most divisive issues today is migration. The Global Compact says that safe, orderly and regular migration works for all when it takes place in a well-informed, planned and consensual manner.

He described the pact as the UN's attempt to get a global consensus on how countries should respond to what Coveney described as the "challenge of migration in terms of getting the balance right between countries having the right to protect their borders while responding in a responsible and humanitarian way to people who are either refugees or seeking asylum".

However, one criticism that the Austrian government had about the pact is that it did not adequately regulate migration and failed to adequately distinguish between legal and illegal migration. They objected to the creation of migrant as a category that did not exist in public law. The government also took issue with the goal of helping irregular migrants achieve a regular status based on individual assessment.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/austria-to-withdraw-from-un-migration-treaty.27702/

Coveney admitted that many people "on the move" were economic migrants and he believed the UN was right to try and get a set of standards for dealing with them. However, he admitted that the EU was struggling with this question "which had caused a lot of tension in EU nations". He said efforts to distribute migrants who had arrived across the Mediterranean has created deep political divisions. He described the numbers of these migrants as relatively small in a global context.

In early 2018, it was estimated there were 500,000 failed asylum seekers in Italy. 200,000 were being processed while only 30,000 had been granted asylum.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/05/silvio-berlusconi-says-illegal-migrants-social-time-bomb-race/

Coveney said that the continent of Africa was expected to have an extra billion people over the next 25 to 30 years and that "we need to find new ways of addressing the realities of the mass movement of people by trying to create societies and economies that people want to be part of". Coveney said Ethiopia needed to create an extra 2 million jobs a year which were impossible numbers.

Coveney said that EU needs to help African countries lower their birth rate by elevating their development in a much more ambitious partnership with Africa.

Coveney also spoke of his fears that if migration is not handled correctly, electorates will continue to push European governments towards "the hard right".

He finished:

"I happen to be somebody who is quite liberal on immigration. I believe that Ireland has been enhanced significantly by the fact that so many people who were not born in Ireland are now part of our society and economy, but of course we need to also ensure that we can manage the numbers that are being welcomed and that they can integrate appropriately.

We estimate over the next 20 years that the population of Ireland will certainly grow by an extra million people. Linked to that estimate is that half of that number won't have been born in Ireland. I think that will be a really good thing for Irish society but we do need to manage it carefully so we don't allow the politics of migration to play a big part in Irish politics because I think it pulls us down a dangerous direction."

The UN has previously released a proposal for what they called "Replacement Migration" in Europe due to falling birth rates in which they suggested bringing in migrants en masse to European nations to boost population figures. The UN recently scrubbed the document from their website after it received wide publicity.

Archive link: http://archive.is/9eeKs
Archive link: https://archive.is/bDI5t

https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/180713_agreed_outcome_global_compact_for_migration.pdf

There are 250,000 applications for citizenship, asylum and visas in Ireland per year according to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

Flanagan was answering a question in regards to the deportation order for Shepherd Machaya whose parents' application for asylum had been rejected and the whole family was to be deported. However, the media and had promoted a school petition to get the child to stay like the previous case of Eric Zhi Ying Xue which would mean the parents would get to stay too. TD Richard Boyd Barrett had called the deportation order "anything but compassionate".

Eric Zhi Ying Xue's mother had committed passport fraud. Committing this offence may have meant the Eric's mother was not entitled to avail of the "scheme which does not exist" to acquire Irish citizenship.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/failed-nigerian-asylum-seekers-allowed-to-stay-after-children-used-for-campaign.27484/post-295311

The Irish Independent revealed the secret scheme gives permission to failed asylum seekers and illegals to stay in Ireland if they've been here for over five years without a criminal record.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/mother-resorted-to-prostitution-to-fund-sons-medication-court-hears-36518112.html

It is unknown if Shepherd Machaya's parents similarly had committed a criminal offence.

During Flanagan's response to the question, he revealed that his department deals with 250,000 applications for citizenship, asylum and visas in Ireland per year.

"I do not intend to depart from the time-honoured tradition of not discussing the detail of case files on the floor of Dáil Éireann. However, I remind the Deputy that each and every case is given due and careful consideration over a range of circumstances, including age, length of time, family circumstances and family connections with the State.

"Having regard to applications for citizenship, international protection and visas, agencies within my Department deal with in excess of 250,000 cases on an annual basis. Of those, I wish to assure the House that only a tiny fraction are subject to deportation orders at the end of a lengthy process."

Less that 1% of deportation orders against illegal minors are implemented. Over the previous 5 years, 20,000 had been granted Irish citizenship.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/20-000-minors-with-deportation-orders-have-been-granted-irish-citizenship-over-the-last-five-years.27616/

Dáil Éireann debate -Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/dail/2018-10-23/speech/64/
https://i.imgur.com/RgMAuDV.png

'Ignoring the result of the birth-right citizenship referendum is not un-constitutional' -Brian Killoran from the Immigrant Council

Brian Killoran from the Immigrant Council told East Coast FM that legislating for birth-right citizenship would not be un-constitutional despite the result of 2004 referendum on the 27th Amendment. 79% of the Irish public voted to prevent children born on the island of Ireland to parents who were both foreign nationals having a constitutional right to Irish citizenship.

The Labour party is currently proposing legislation in the Seanad that would grant birth-right citizenship to children born in Ireland to foreign parents, regardless of the 2004 referendum result. The bill has passed the second stage.

Brian Killoran and the Immigrant Council supports the bill and remarked to East Coast FM:

“If one of your parents has been legally resident in the state for three years up until the date of your birth, then that child is entitled to be an Irish citizen so it does happen that kids can become citizens at birth. What this would do would change the approach to a more automatic birth-right citizenship as we previously had before 2004.”

After the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 granting Irish birth-right citizenship to anyone born on the island of Ireland as part of the peace agreement, pregnant women from all over the world started flying into Dublin to deliver their babies. Maternity hospitals begged the government to do something until a referendum was held in 2004.

The 2016 census revealed that a record 3.3% of 10-14 year olds in Ireland were African. That peak can largely be attributed to the period from 1998 to 2004 when birth-right citizenship was a constitutional right.
https://i.imgur.com/jKaibdE.jpg

Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan has revealed he has given 20,000 illegal minors with deportation orders Irish citizenship over the last five years instead of deporting them which is more than 99% of all cases.

He says he deals with 250,000 applications for citizenship, asylum and visas per year.

The Irish Independent has revealed there is a secret scheme called "the scheme that doesn't exist" giving permission to failed asylum seekers and illegal to stay in Ireland if they've been here for over five years without a criminal record.

Broadcast East Coast FM | 20 Nov 2018

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has revealed that less than 1% of deportation orders against minors are enforced. The precise figure is .06%.

Quoted on Newstalk in reference to a Chinese boy who was to be deported along with his mother who committed passport fraud, Flanagan was heard to remark:

"Looking at the numbers going back over the last five years, there have been 134 deportation orders enforced against minors or young people. That contrasts with almost 20,000 minors being granted Irish citizenship."

The Chinese boy has since been allowed to stay.

The case of "Eric" Zhi Ying Xue was heavily promoted in the media. His mother had arrived in Ireland 12 years ago illegally and gave birth to her son in Ireland with a non-Irish father. She had claimed his father was Irish in order to obtain an Irish passport. This is an offence under Passports Act 2008.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/failed-nigerian-asylum-seekers-allowed-to-stay-after-children-used-for-campaign.27484/post-295311

Committing this offence may have meant the Eric's mother was not entitled to avail of the "scheme which does not exist" to acquire Irish citizenship.

The Irish Independent revealed the secret scheme gives permission to failed asylum seekers and illegals to stay in Ireland if they've been here for over five years without a criminal record.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/mother-resorted-to-prostitution-to-fund-sons-medication-court-hears-36518112.html

Broadcast: Oct 2018

A Nigerian woman living in Ireland has warned the parents from the African communities whose children are engaging in turf wars here that they must come together to solve the problem. The woman published two videos about the violence on her youtube channel called "Real talk with Glo".

"The children have become terrorists. They are terrorising themselves. There is this craziness about children having territorial war, shall I call it. This is going on because a certain group of kids believe that because your parents decides to rent a house in a specific location, that you become their enemy."

Glo said she was now making the video in response to footage which emerged of African children brawling at the Red Cow Inn on New Year's Day. African children had booked the venue to hold a party.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/o8Mdn8OvGpzS/

Glo says African children are not permitted to enter the respective territories of other the African children or they will be attacked and this was cause of the brawl at the Red Cow Inn in Ballymount. Glo also mentions other hotspots as being Tallaght, Lucan, Dublin city and Blachardstown.

"The issue is that the children have made themselves lords and masters. They feel as if you come to Blanchardstown and you are from Lucan or Tallaght, then you have disrespected the boys in Blanchardstown...and as a result of that they cause bodily harm to each other and parents are not saying anything. If you don't take to your heels and do something, trust me, you are going to be having children coming back to you in body bags."

Glo referred to the boys as "demon-possessed lunatics" and warned parents that these same boys will be the ones marrying their daughters.

"Innocent people are getting attacked — people who have no business with this situation. Properties are being destroyed."

Glo said she even had information on older men who are encouraging the boys instead of dissuading them. She reminded the African parents that many of them had moved here to have babies so their children could have better lives.

After the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 granting Irish birth-right citizenship to anyone born on the island of Ireland as part of the peace agreement, pregnant women from all over the world started flying into Dublin to deliver their babies with many first filing a spurious asylum claim in order go gain entry to the country. Maternity hospitals begged the government to do something until a referendum was held in 2004 where 80% of the public voted to stop the practice of foreigners using "anchor babies" to gain residency in Ireland.

The 2016 census revealed that a record 3.3% of 10-14 year olds in Ireland were African. That peak can largely be attributed to the period from 1998 to 2004 when birth-right citizenship was a constitutional right.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/ignoring-the-result-of-the-birth-right-citizenship-referendum-is-not-un-constitutional-immigrant-council.28007/

Glo also placed blame on the parents who work too much in order to buy "cribs" back in their African countries which they only visit for a few weeks a year and neglect to raise their children properly. Glo also blamed the environment of the children at home and the lenient justice system which makes the children think they can get away with anything.

source:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOwbGr-4Uvs (Jan 12, 2020)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpnytzxHu_Y (Jan 19, 2020)

She also made this video in response to Gemma O'Doherty's viral campaign video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqpT_EABgiE

"As Africa's population doubles a lot of them will be coming to Europe...We'll need their youthful energy to do stuff"

Speaking to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence on the 14th of December, 2017 is Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE, "on the roles of ONE in ending extreme poverty and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals".

Drummond co-founded ONE with Bono and other activists.

Transcript:

"As Africa's population doubles, a lot of them, whatever the circumstances, will becoming to Europe as economic migrants or as refugees. They will be coming — many of them and that is a good thing if they come into a place with an open mind and those economies are doing well because we will be senile. We will be senescent demographically. We'll need their youthful energy to do stuff. So, that is just what the economic statistics tell you and the demographic data demands, you know...and demography is destiny. Europe and Africa are going to have a very close 21st century. The question is what kind of closeness will it be....and these kinds of investments through the aid program but also into people's minds and ideas about who we are gives less succour to the xenophobes and populists who will otherwise do very well in the political climate over the next couple of decades if we don't get this right...and I think we should all be quite worried quite frankly if we don't make these investments and we don't also make the investments not just in aid but in other policies like transparency. People need to see that the system is fair and it is delivering both within countries and regionally."

transcript: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/joint_committee_on_foreign_affairs_and_trade_and_defence/2017-12-14/speech/55/
video: https://media.heanet.ie/page/eecd6f2ed568a0a313bb7c975ec9ad39

You might remember that Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has made similar remarks in an article he wrote for the Irish Times:

Europe is getting older, less competitive and emerging from the financial crisis at a much slower pace in comparison to the US. In any understanding of the real problems that confront Europe, from slowing growth to demographic pressures, it is obvious that the EU needs to attract people from outside of Europe to Europe. That’s either going to be done in a planned way or in a chaotic way, as is happening now.

Ireland is a case in point. Twenty years ago we had a labour force of 1.1 million people. That nearly doubled as the economy grew to two million people at work. The amazing turn around in Ireland’s economic performance, even with the economic crises, could not have happened without inward migration. If Europe wants the very social market economy continuing for future generations, then increasing our population is a crucial requirement.

I am not suggesting for a moment that we have an open door policy. That would be as irresponsible as doing nothing. But we must recognise that population growth in Africa over the next 30 years will see an additional billion people being born in that continent. That’s twice the size of Europe. By 2050 the population of Nigeria in 10 years could be over 400 million people. The pressures of population growth in other parts of the world will inevitably bring more people to Europe. We need to turn it to our advantage.
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/brian-hayes-eu-could-disintegrate-on-back-of-migration-policy-failure-1.2410453

More info here: https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/bonos-ngo-one-aims-to-facilitate-the-mass-immigration-of-africas-doubling-population-into-europe.24556/

Dated: Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence debate - Thursday, 14 Dec 2017

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was lBX3SZGd2vk

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was 9obW7zy1sd8

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was 0lBUJe7vBs4

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was pPspGBnwXig

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was 7mx_yiiUXmI

This video is from the youtube channel Granville Thorndyke which was deleted for unknown reasons.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje9sy3kHqbevkRoeVd6LtA
Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/A5cAbGqF7NbY
The video's original ID was y2VMINV7eMg

21% of homeless are non-EU citizens in Ireland.
12% are EU citizens.
64% are Irish citizens but over 120,000 Irish citizenships have been handed out since 2011 and once a migrant has one of those, they count as "Irish" in the statistics so this masks accurate figures.

Broadcast: April 2019

The The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said that in order to meet housing demand, there needs to be an influx of immigrant building workers. Dr Kieran McQuinn, Associate Research Professor at the ERSI said that Ireland needed to see a serious increase in housing construction over the coming years in order to meet the supply requirements in the housing sector and as a result we'll have to see sizable increases in net inward migration.

Green Party Councillor, Ossian Smyth, told told Pat Kenny on Newstalk in September of this year that the the population of Ireland is increasing by 1000 people per week. As a result, he says that 300 new homes need to be built every week to accommodate this population growth.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/300-new-homes-needed-every-week-for-population-growth-of-1000-per-week.27114/

More than two-thirds (61,900) of those who arrived in Ireland in the 12 months to April 2018 were foreign nationals.
https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-population-figures-booming-over-13154693

James Hegarty, a Statistician with the CSO:

"In the year to April 2018, 61,900 non-Irish nationals arrived to live in Ireland and 28,000 non-Irish nationals emigrated abroad. Therefore net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong and was estimated to be +33,900 in 2018."
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ireland-has-just-experienced-its-largest-population-growth-since-2008-865077.html

In the ESRI's 2018 Attitudes to Diversity report, they found that 59% of the Irish public wanted no Muslim migration or limited to just a few. That same figure for Roma was 75% while opposition to European migration was at 42%.
https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/the-attitudes-to-diversity-in-ireland-study.25671/

In 2011, 58% of people on the housing list in Fingal were migrants. That figure was reduced to 36% in 2017 but the huge number of Irish citizenships awarded to migrants likely masks real figures.
https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/Housing/FileDownLoad%2C27864%2Cen.pdf

35% of rent supplement is paid out to migrants nationwide.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/david-quinn/huge-scale-of-immigration-is-making-our-housing-crisis-worse-35498057.html

IBEC said in January 2019 that 60,000 to 80,000 migrant construction workers were needed to meet housing and infrastructure demands but questioned where these workers would live.
https://twitter.com/rtenews/status/1082361974372159488

Broadcast RTÉ | News 22 Nov 2018

Cllr John Leahy spoke to Seán O'Rourke this morning who had a NASC spokersperson to challenge him on his claims that asylum seekers are leapfrogging on the housing list.

"What's happening here is they're going into Direct Provision, they're brought in then and given housing supports because they're not going to be left there. When they move out, there's more moving in. That's the system. So they go onto the housing list. At that point then, they're leapfrogged across. It's a war of words is what's happening here.

"It's a PR spin but I'm telling you straight out. Other councillors have backed me in the chamber three months ago that this is what is happening but it's covered up in words."

"The welcome is going to be tarnished with the fact that you need to treat people equally. The problem we have is the 168 are going to be treated differently and gonna get leapfrogged in terms of medical care, GP care and housing assistance. That is going to happen. What I'm worried about is we are discriminating against our own."

Broadcast: The Seán O'Rourke Show | RTÉ Radio One | 19 Feb 2020

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"The working class areas are like the canary in the coal mine. They're the first to get it."

"It's these politicians who are lying to our faces that are the problem. It's these Sinn Féin open borders...Fine Gael, Fiann Fáil...they're all the same. They all pander to Europe, the IMF...they're all lying to us."

"These so-called debates that are like election deciders. Not once did they bring up immigration as an issue or the state of the immigration laws or the tightening up of the system that is already defunct."

"Once you say the word racism, it silences people."

"You can talk about housing, you can talk about health but as soon as you bring the word immigration into it, you're shut down because you're a f⁠—king racist and somebody has to stand up and say enough is enough."

"It wasn't brought up by one of the campaigns during the election"

"I think it's secrecy from the government that's making people afraid now. They don't give out any information about how many is going to be coming into this country"

Broadcast: The Niall Boylan Show | 18 Feb 2020.

Cllr John Leahy appeared on Midlands Radio 103 this morning to discuss the plans to turn the Marian Hostel in Tullamore into a Direct Provision centre for asylum seekers.

"How can we have a situation where people are going to be coming in and they're going to be parachuted ahead of ordinary citizens of Offaly that are on housing lists."

He said the hostel is a smoke screen.

"What happens is, there's an onus on the county council to take them from the Marian hostel over time for a smooth transition into housing."

"All I'm looking for is the Irish citizen to be treated the same as the migrant"

Broadcast: Midlands 103 | 19 Feb 2020

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