As the 21st century marches on, our political class makes an ever lessening attempt to hide their contempt for the native population. As the world becomes more globalized, our ruling class is ever more dependent on orders from above rather than mandates from below. The indigenous Gael has become an irritant to be pacified, as Ireland becomes a mere microprovince of a global empire.

Another expression of this systematic disdain has come in the form of the “Irish Nationality and Citizenship (Citizenship for Children) Bill 2020”. Proposed last Thursday evening by People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, the bill takes aim at the 27th constitutional amendment passed in 2004. As with the vast majority of things advocated for by People Before Profit, the bill argued for in socialist terms is something that will benefit globalists at the direct expense of the native working class.

Introducing the Bill to the lower house, Deputy Barry stated that the bill was to reverse legislation passed after what he called “a racist referendum”, and stated that the bill “at such a relatively early stage in this Parliament has been inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement”.

To be clear, this Bill is fundamentally anti-democratic. Barry outright states its purpose is to restore birthright citizenship to Ireland, something that the Irish population overwhelmingly voted to get rid of by a factor of four to one. Its passing in its currently described form would, in effect, be the repeal of a referendum by the Oireachtas. I would now like to remind the reader that the political class would have you think that the so-called ‘far-right’ are the greatest threat to democracy in this country.

The bill would also cause irreparable harm to Ireland and her people. As we enter the second half of 2020, Ireland is faced with a crippling housing crisis, an international health crisis, and the second major recession in a decade. This is all before noting that, in three months, our biggest trading partner will leave the EU, possibly without a trade deal. In effect, we are quite possibly looking at the greatest crisis to have ever faced the State since the Emergency. 

It is in this context that Deputy Barry has brought a bill forward which will permit mass immigration from countries outside the EU. While many establishment hacks will say otherwise, the 27th amendment was originally introduced in direct response to the real problem of maternity tourism. For example, Nigerian immigration was at its height at the turn of the millennium, but experienced a massive decline of over 85% after the referendum, a change largely attributed to this change in citizenship law.

It should be completely uncontroversial to say that the reintroduction of birthright citizenship will lead to a massive increase in immigration. As stated before, Brexit will be happening by the end of the year, which will leave Ireland as the sole English speaking nation in the European Union. This itself will make Ireland the nation of choice for immigrants who either speak English natively or used it as their lingua franca in their previous country of residence.

Immigration right now is the last thing Ireland needs as a State. As mentioned before, the youth of the nation are already struggling with a massive housing crisis, while the health service is under serious load due to the current pandemic. With Britain leaving the EU, we are practically guaranteed a massive upswing in immigration that will further burden this infrastructure to the detriment of those already in this country. To add birthright citizenship into this already toxic mix would nothing short of apocalyptic. 

However, it seems like Deputy Barry’s intention is to do exactly that, and it’s unlikely he is alone in this too. Eamonn Ryan specifically had the opportunity to challenge this bill yesterday, and did not do so. Admittedly, this is unsurprising considering the Green Party’s historically woeful track record on immigration.

Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been suspiciously quiet on the bill too. While both parties supported the removal of birthright citizenship during the 2004 referendum, a lot has changed since then. Of particular note was former Minister for ‘Justice & Equality’ Charles Flanagan, who has repeatedly made noises about immigration and in regards to the 27th Amendment in the past.

Ultimately, considering the track record of current Irish politics, it would be unsurprising if the repeal of the 27th, whether de facto or de jure, gains cross party support amongst the mainstream. The Irish populist movement must, as such, remain vigilant, and move with strength and unified purpose against any attempt at undermining the 2004 vote. 

Ireland today is facing into a crisis of biblical proportions. Between Brexit, a health crisis, a housing crisis, and the second recession in a decade, the current Irish State may struggle to even survive the coming years. In order to protect the future of the coming generations, Irish populism must be unyielding in its aims at undermining the threat of globalism on this island. 

The repeal of the 27th Amendment would have dire consequences, especially in today’s tempestuous world. As such, any movement to do so must be decisively fought against with all our strength. Only then do we have a chance of ensuring a future for this island.

Posted by Daithí O'Duibhne

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