The self regulated omerta on mass migration was broken in the Dáil today with criticisms aired by Independent TD Carol Nolan on unsustainable levels of asylum related inward migration into the state.

Finding fault with the government’s failure to provide proper evaluations on inward migration and its effect on housing supply, upon utterance Deputy Nolan was met by harsh rebuke by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

Originally bringing the matter up in a March parliamentary question, Nolan queried if the state had conducted feasibility studies as to whether mass migration and in particular the Ukrainian surge would have a negative effect on housing supplies.

Citing the figure 1,500 per month availing of International Protection, Nolan was clear in not placing blame on migrants themselves but nevertheless questioned the prudence of such numbers at a time of national constraint.

Quoting recent journalism in the Mirror and the Irish Times which presented the negative effect this scale of migration is having on housing,  Nolan also brought up the prospect of the UK’s Rwandan asylum scheme tipping the asylum industry into further anarchy by incentivising sponges to come here rather than Britain.

Predicting a potential threat to social cohesion down the line in working class areas her comments met the support of Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath also in the chamber at the time.

In responding to the speech an embittered O’Brien reiterated the government’s open door stance towards the Ukraine crisis and stated that migration would not impact housing supply relative to overall needs.

Mild comments in any other jurisdiction the small rhetorical breach we saw today may perhaps be the first crack in the dam vis a vis the migration issue. The numbers game at play makes the certainty of the nativist argument coming to the fore this decade increasingly likely as the years and months go by.

A little nudge is all it takes.

Posted by Ciaran Brennan

6 Comments

  1. Richard N.Greene 22/06/2022 at 8:06 pm

    Let’s hope that this maybe the beginning of some sort of national rebellion against the policies of our political class, but I have a sinking feeling that as a nation, we have become too enslaved to the European Union to rebel.

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  2. It’s good to see someone with the courage needed today to stand up anywhere and publicly criticise what’s going on re inward migration. Anyone willing to stand up like this deserves our respect.

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  3. Its about time, Ireland has become a warehouse for ‘refugees’ . Can these politicians not see the damage they are
    inflicting on the Irish people?
    I ask myself time and again, WTF are they up to?
    Keep them under pressure Carol Nolan.

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  4. Too late . Ireland is @ the end of the line . Can’t deport people who have no i d .

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  5. Bring. It.On. The criticism of mass or mega immigration into Ireland.

    The arguments against the above are manyfold. Where do I start. Ecologically is massive migration into Ireland a benefit? A resounding no.
    Is mega immigration a benefit for social-cohesion and for future civic stability. As I live the experience and lessons from London. Another resounding and deafening ‘No’!

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  6. Ivaus@thetricolour 23/06/2022 at 6:24 pm

    FINALLY-A VOICE , dare I say from a Politician,Independent,a WOMAN and all the lame pricks in govt. could not muster a pair of balls between them all.
    It has taken far too long,but maybe a finger has exposed the dyke,what a precarious edge of the cliff IRELAND has been marched to blindfolded.

    I therefore respect Carol Nolan, but not the media, and why,oh Why,oh WHY?
    are the MAJORITY of Irish People ignored, by the Millions, only to be acknowledged by a single voice …in an UN-manned parliament and a mainstream legacy media.

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