Men, women and children from East Wall, Ballybough and North Strand gathered in their hundreds to protest outside the nearby Old ESB offices on East Wall Road today, which has been transformed, literally overnight, into a military style barracks for scores of male economic migrants of military age. As potentially hundreds more of these men are expected to establish headquarters in nearby Holy Cross College before Christmas, there are grave concerns about what this bodes for the women and children of the area, who were addressed by Councillor Neil Ring, community leader Malachy Steenson and some other familiar faces from the area at the protest.
Though they all spoke well, the community’s fears and concerns were best expressed by the mothers and young women of the area themselves. Having seen the terror these foot soldiers of the asylum industry unleashed in Killarney and Wicklow, they have grave and well-founded fears for their safety, fears many of the men present, including some large chested members of nearby Corinthians Boxing Club share.
Whatever about Kellie Harrington’s old stomping ground of Corinthians, the Queensbury Rules do not apply here. These young men were smuggled into their billets at dead of night and those stragglers, who crossed the protesters’ path, were quite aggressive, telling the concerned women and their children that they came from Planet Elf and to mind their own business. Just as in Killarney and Wicklow, it seems that these characters will be not only noisy neighbours but very obnoxious and downright dangerous ones as well.
Usually communities, East Wall included, change only gradually, with the sons, grandsons and granddaughters replacing their older relatives in the great cycle of life. Simon Coveney, Roderic O’Gorman and David McWilliams have told us that that cycle is obsolete, and that Ireland must double its population in the next few years for a number of economic reasons neither they nor their left fellow travellers can specify.
There are obvious benefits to those who supplied these sinister foot soldiers with mattresses, bed and bedding, just as there are benefits to the coach companies who ferry them around. There are benefits to the civil servants and NGO bigwigs who turn coin catering to their every need. And there are benefits to retail companies who want increased footfall, no matter what the social cost and, of course, there are benefits to those who will cherry-pick these foot soldiers for cheap labour to exploit.
But what of the women and children of East Wall, Finglas, Killarney and Wicklow, who have no say in any of this? Why must they have these unvetted men of military age, who are not even honest or polite enough to say from whence they came, planted in their midst?
What utter disdain must Mary Lou McDonald, Pascal Donohue, Neasa Hourigan, Mary Fitzpatrick and Gerry Gannon, the smooth-talking TDs for the area, have to lump the women and children of East Wall and beyond with such dodgy foreigners and for them and overpaid NGO leeches like Mark Malone to call those women, who fear for their children’s safety.
Though the leftist thugs had been busy on Friday night, stalking the area and taking selfies to paint their state sanctioned thuggery in the best possible light, there was no sign of them at the demonstration. And hopefully there will be no sign of those leeches on Monday at 5pm when a much bigger crowd can be expected. Unlike the crisis actors of Extinction Rebellion, the locals of East Wall have better things to do than to block the traffic. However, because Mary Lou McDonald, Mark Malone and the others who leech off the taxes the people of East Wall pay work against rather than for their interests, the good people of North Dublin have no choice but to protest against these interlopers from Planet Elf and those, like Mary Lou and Mark Malone, who encourage these foreign foot soldiers to destroy Ballybough, North Strand, East Wall and far too much else as well.