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Poll: SF voters most strongly opposed to mass immigration

Sinn Féin’s youth wing has tweeted that “Ireland doesn’t want racists,” in reference to the ongoing asylum protests in East Wall.

Three protests, each involving hundreds of people, have taken place in the East Wall area of Dublin in the past week, with locals objecting to an asylum centre in their area.

All three demonstrations have taken place outside the former ESB building, which the government have converted into an accommodation centre for asylum seekers. The events have received significant media coverage.

Locals have expressed frustration that they were not consulted about dozens of unvetted adult men from Africa and the Middle East being brought in on buses in the middle of the night, which many locals said created unease within the community due to the centre’s proximity with two nearby schools.

However, Sinn Féin’s official youth wing, Ógra Shinn Féin, seemed to slam the protesters as “racist” on Twitter in the aftermath of the event.

“Ireland wants refugees – Ireland doesn’t want racists. #SinnÉ,” the group tweeted, yesterday.

However, according to a 2015 Irish Times/Ipsos poll from during the last migrant crisis – the most recent poll of its kind – the majority of Sinn Féin voters are opposed to Ireland resettling migrants.

Sinn Féin voters were found to be the most strongly opposed of any party to Ireland resettling migrants, with more than 70% against the move.

By comparison, Fine Gael supporters were the most supportive, with 61% in favour.

It was also found that poorer and less affluent respondents were more likely to oppose Ireland resettling said migrants.

Overall, 52% of voters said that Ireland should not take asylum seekers, compared to 48% in favour.

Despite this, in 2015, the same year the poll was taken, Sinn Féin said they “would not put an upper limit” on the number of refugees Ireland should accept, and urged the government to house all asylum seekers that arrived in Ireland.

The party reiterated the same call this year, saying “you can’t limit numbers” of Ukrainian refugees that Ireland accepts, even despite the ongoing accommodation crisis.

The working class area of East Wall – which is located in the constituency of Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald – saw much of the crowd expressing frustration with the Dublin Central TD and her party over their apparent silence on the issue during recent protests.

Several times during an event on Monday, an edited 2020 election poster of McDonald was held in front of the crowd. Where it had previously had the slogan “Working For You,” the poster was modified to read “Not Working For Us – Working For Herself.” As it was held up, it was met with loud boos by the crowd.

In addition, Sinn Féin TD Mark Ward said this week that there was “division” being created by “far right” elements within the ongoing protests, adding: “What happened in East Wall was not only disrespectful to the local community, but also disrespectful to the asylum seekers.”

Last night locals held their third protest within a few days, in defiance of Leftwing opposition parties that called on the protests to “stop and stop immediately.”



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