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Illegal immigrants are not Irish citizens. And this small country cannot care for everyone.

It seems like the only time that a member of the Irish political elite refers to the once core values of Christianity and nationalism is when they can be used as a bludgeon to beat both concepts further down into the multicultural mud.

Thus it is with Labour Party TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin who has referred to the apparent bias towards “white Christian” refugees from Ukraine as opposed to other people who arrive here – though he doesn’t mention that those arrivals are mostly from countries with no plausible claim to asylum.

He also condemned what he saw as our failure to take all of these increasing numbers of illegal immigrants on their merits – with no questions asked and with full access to the same provisions as legitimate refugees and citizens. This failure, he asserted, constituted a breach of the pledge in the 1916 Proclamation to “cherish all children equally.”

The 1916 Proclamation says nothing of the sort. What it does state is that “the Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally …”

Let’s cut to the chase here. None of the people to whom Ó Ríordáin is referring are citizens.

And lest I be accused of resorting to “ethno nationalism,” the term citizens was used by the framers of the Proclamation in the civic nationalist sense of the word. They believed that the Irish Nation comprised of the descendants of the settlers from England, Scotland and Wales as well as of the native Gaelic Irish.

The fact that the latter experiment in diversity is still unresolved in the north eastern part of the island might likewise provide some pause for thought.

Civic nationalism is also the bedrock of the increasing determination of Ó Ríordáin’s fellow social democrats in Denmark, and European politicians of the centre left and right elsewhere, to confine the rights of citizenship to those who have earned citizenship and who are legitimately in their country. It should be said that this stance has been forced upon them by necessity – and that we should take note of that reality.

In Britain, the state has had to attempt to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda as a deterrent to increasing numbers of arrivals.  Here, we have politicians not only decrying that but Minister Eamon Ryan signalling that such illegal immigrants are welcome here despite the recognition that the country is unable to cope with the numbers already landed.

Ryan said that “…unlike our neighbours, we don’t agree with the sort of approach where you might send a refugee back to another country..”

Why? Is there any viable state on the planet that takes this sort of approach to illegal immigration? And illegal immigration, not asylum seeking, is what constitutes the vast bulk of those currently coming to Ireland.

The statistics prove it, as does the fact that the state allegedly responsible for securing the integrity of the state is currently offering an amnesty to an unknown number of such illegal immigrants. This in turn is obviously a contributory factor to the greatly increased numbers coming here since that amnesty was announced.

The simple fact of the matter is that it is impossible for any country to theoretically open itself up to people from anywhere on the planet and to retain any semblance of social or cultural coherence.

It is also, on a less esoteric level, impossible to do that and to provide adequate and indeed increased levels of public provision to those already in that country – the default zone for Ó Riordáin and others on the left.

Varadkar and Doherty may grab the headlines over slagging one another over Leo’s being “assessed” by the Director of Public Prosecutions; and Pearse’s having had his collar felt as a callow youth at a time he opposed abortion and Ógra Shinn Féin recognised the Northern Ireland state, but they all of them – including Ado – sing from the same bad song sheet on the fundamental issues facing this country.

Depending on whether they are currently in Government – like Varadkar’s party – or aspiring to be – like Doherty and Ó Ríordáin’s – they are either telling you that the reason Irish people cannot get a place to live, or a hospital bed, or a school place is because those coming here have first dibs (though they won’t change that); or in the case of the Shinners and the left, that everyone – everyone already here and everyone coming here – will have Jam Tomorrow.

The first proposition is obviously true. The second one is impossible.



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