Governments seldom fulfil promises made in pre election manifestos or even Programmes for Government. So the small and fractured Green Party can be happy that when it disappears again from public prominence, it will have left yet another toxic legacy as it did in 2011.
For a party that only won 7% of the vote in the general elections and is riven by splits and resignations as the competing extremist factions fall out, they have done well.
Apart from their anti-work championing of lockdowns and carbon taxes and forcing the state into even greater reliance on imported energy, they have managed to facilitate the ending of Direct Provision for asylum seekers, most of whom, and it bears repeating, are eventually found to be bogus. These finding only come, of course, following lengthy legal wrangling which allows the woke legal eagles to wet their beaks at our expense.
As part of ending direct provision, the state has this week moved 14 families of alleged asylum seekers into free accommodation in apartments on Dominick Street in Galway City. It is planned to house at least 140 people over the next number of weeks. Thus progressive campaigners benefit by having the state pay for their legal expertise and “advocacy”, and landlords benefit from having their empty units paid for by the rest of us.
There are few people willing to brave the inevitable outrage unleashed at anyone who raises concerns over this new policy departure. Some Galway City councillors did previously suggest that the accommodation was unsuitable, but they were told to shut up. Likewise, issues regarding the Covid restrictions which apply to the rest of us in our homes have been brushed aside. One Department of Justice official even claimed that no more than three unrelated people will share the same space.
We can take that with the same pinch of salt regarding the meat factory workers and the direct provision centres that were the cause of the shutdown in Kildare, Offaly and Laois during the Summer. Or indeed the flying in of below minimum wage workers by Keelings and others during the same period.
Let’s be clear about it; the same rules do not apply to those who arrive here with absolutely no evidence for the most part as to who they are, or even where they come from. How many are actually coming from war-torn areas? How many of them end up being deported? Best not to ask. Nor to inquire as to what police checks are conducted regarding possible criminal records.
That only becomes an issue when some would-be citizens end up being caught doing something – some 25% of the Irish prison population are non-nationals. If you read court reports of such cases you will also be struck by the fact that journalists who are normally assiduous in mentioning their brave Clarence Darrow chums almost always omit their names when they are batting for some criminal who would never have been here if it had not been for their other chums who pushed to let them in the first instance.
Direct Provision may not be the Waldorf Astoria, but it is surely preferable to the horrors which people fleeing the hell holes of socialist South Africa and Hackney in London have to endure? Indeed, do the ANC’s buddies in Sinn Féin realise the bad press they are getting when some chancer from Cape Town fleeing some unspecified “oppression” is being defended by one of their TDs or legal associates?
The best way to end Direct Provision is to speed up the assessment process. A large number of “asylum” applications could be decided at first glance. There are internationally designated states from which it is not legitimate to claim asylum. A huge number of applications here are from citizens of those states. They could be turned around almost immediately without incurring any expense other than a plane ticket and an accompanying Garda.
That is what would happen to you or I if we turn up in another country claiming that we are being oppressed by the Irish climate, job dissatisfaction or our county not winning the All-Ireland.
In a state where many Irish citizens and people from other states who have come here legitimately to work are priced out of the rental and mortgage market, we need someone to stand up and “call this out.” Sorry lads and lasses, we know you arrived here from some sketchy place, but we have our own stuff to sort, so apologies if we can’t let you stay here on our tab for ever. Slán abhaile.