14 thoughts on “Friday’s Papers

  1. Charger Salmons

    I see there’s a big scramble going on to make sure immigration is not part of the conversation in this election.

    ” Political parties must quickly act against candidates who make anti-immigrant remarks to win publicity and and votes during the general election campaign, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has declared.” … in The Irish Times.

    ” Dog whistle politics “ends up dominating” political debates, distorts people’s opinions and “steals oxygen from more relevant issues and doesn’t leave space for a conversation about the economic benefits migration brings”.

    In other words let’s only talk about the positive things that immigration brings and not voice the concerns of many people in Ireland about the effect on their lives of uncontrolled migration and the inevitable strain on housing, schools and the health service.

    Direct Provision Centres are great – so long as they out of sight and out of mind in some godforsaken, windswept part of the country with no Starbucks.

    Good luck with that.

    They won’t go away you know …


    1. Redbeard

      There’s an island juts off our east coast where your views might find more welcoming ears. They certainly appear to have a higher quotient of the ill informed and easily persuaded. May be try your pitch with them?

    2. ReproBertie

      Never miss an opportunity to stir the pot, eh Spoofer?

      There’s nothing in that article that prevents discussing immigration as anyone with basic reading comprehension could tell you. What people who deal with immigrants are calling for is a clamp down on the groundless rhetoric that some people toss around.

      I know full well that attempting to engage you in discussion is pointless so I’m more than happy to sit back and wait to see what the election tells us. There are plenty of right wing anti-immigrant candidates running. Their performance will give us a clearer view of how the Irish people feel about immigration than any barstool philosophers you encounter down your local.

      1. ReproBertie

        What I’m actually doing is ignoring your loaded and offensive comment about Direct Provision.

        Have a great day.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    It already is part of the conversation though. It’s a popular subject in everyday conversation, and not positive by a long shot, and grows in popularity the more the establishment tries to gloss over it.
    It’s one of the subjects that young and old voters discuss with daily regularity.

    1. Charger Salmons

      They certainly do if my local is anything to go by.
      The media will try to stifle the debate though.
      The parallels with the early days of Brexit are as plain as a pikestaff.

  3. Charger Salmons

    One of the highlights of the week for me in the Irish media is Ronan O’Gara’s Friday column in the Examiner.
    Not only is he learning his craft as a coach but one of Ireland’s greatest-ever players is also blossoming into a fine sports writer.
    Insightful, witty and devastatingly honest he’s the polar opposite of the bilious and negative cynicism that flows from the pen of Neil Francis.
    O’Gara was such a lone oddball as a player I had my doubts when he went into coaching but it’s clear he has another huge career ahead of him.
    A class act.

  4. GiggidyGoo

    Varadkar still trying to offload the blame. (He can’t offload shame, as he doesn’t have any). Shameful is what shameful does.

  5. GiggidyGoo

    The pay in Goodbody mustn’t be that good, if the head of it has to get a loan of €80k from the company.

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