Many people on their way home from work or college who tuned into RTÉ radio’s Drivetime would have had all their worries about money and accommodation and what not placed into proper perspective by Sinéad Gibney of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
She was interviewed by Cormac Ó hEadhra about the letter the IHREC had sent to Minister Roderic O’Gorman claiming that the failure of the state to provide emergency accommodation to people claiming to be asylum seekers means that it is “in clear breach of its international obligations.”
This was in response to the “advice” given to prospective applicants regarding the current crisis here, and the reports that asylum seekers are being forced to sleep rough. Gibney claimed that this country’s taking in of such people is “not a choice” but “an obligation.” Way to go in convincing the punters Sineád. She later stated that there might also be racist reasons why some people appear to welcome Ukrainians but not “others.”
Of course, the reason why many people are getting fed up is that the state’s own statistics prove that the bulk of people coming here now are from “countries of safe origin.” People from Georgia, where there is no war nor the persecutions of which Gibney and the rest speak, have consistently topped the monthly figures. They have been followed, in the main, by lads from other safe countries.
And yet when Ó hÉadhra put a specific question to her about Georgia, Gibney claimed that she “doesn’t come across that.” Is she living under a stone? Does she not read the figures released by the International Protection Office?
Do her colleagues from the IHREC and the NGO employees who she claims are run off their feet visiting the poor souls never meet Georgians? Or Algerians. Or South Africans, or Zimbabweans?
All of whom are from countries in which there are no grounds to justify so many of them coming here to claim asylum. Perhaps she might even have met some of the 27 “refugees” from Joe Biden’s America?
Likewise when asked about the clear and established fact that thousands of people have entered this country without any form of identification, she first of all claimed to have never heard of such a thing, and when pressed dismissed this as a “trope” which is “over-emphasised by groups” who occupy “pockets of society.”
Which groups would these be? Perhaps those TDs who requested and were provided with statistics on the number so people who have no documentation? Or maybe the “pockets” of public employees who compiled the figures? Does she think they are making all of this up? Anyway, if she has not heard of, I am happy again to supply some of the relevant official figures on those who come here with no papers.
When asked by Ó hÉadhra whether the EU legislation does not allow for a state to limit the numbers which it takes, Gibney tried to deny that it does. Normally that would be enough and she would get away with it, but of course as Ó hEadhra pointed out there is a specific reference in the Directive, 2001/55/EC to that very reservation, “their capacity to receive such persons.”
That capacity has obviously been over-reached. Not only that but it is a clear contributory factor to the exacerbated housing crisis. Gibney, in common with the rest of the migrancy sector and the liberal left, responded with the trope that “oh sure we had a housing crisis before any of this.”
Just as we had gang rapists and chaps who behead gay men. All based on an absurd rationale which seems to justify making things worse by saying “well, they were sort of bad already.”
Gibney’s solution to the lack of accommodation is that the state ought to give itself “emergency powers” in order to build the required accommodation for anyone who arrives here, from no matter what part of the world, and on no matter what spurious grounds. All of which would, of course, require huge amounts of money and a brand new “state agency” to oversee the whole thing. Another expansion of the state into people’s pockets and all staffed and advised and advocated by the usual crew.
“Civil society has been very clear” on this, she says. Of course it has. Sure we’ve seen them taking overtime to stand on bridges welcoming people they don’t know on behalf of other people they don’t know and who live in areas that many of them have probably never been to in their lives.
And of course “civil society” demands “ways to circumvent….ways to move faster… anti racism measures” to ensure that they won’t lose any potential clients because “certain groups” are standing up to them for once.
Ironically, Gibney in her interview probably changed more people’s minds on this issue than the entire For Roysh could have, assuming you could manage to get them all into the one backroom of a pub.
Perhaps, however, not in the way she imagined.