Sunday, the Junior Minister for Older People, Mary Butler, called for a ban on the controversial trend of Irish nursing homes being closed only to subsequently house asylum seekers.
Just last week, this publication’s investigation into cases of elderly Irish being evicted with their beds going to foreign nationals generated considerable controversy on social media at a time when the Irish establishment is facing intensifying angry protests around the issue of asylum.
As discussed in our previous article, a freedom-of-information request to the state revealed over 40 nursing homes having closed in the past 4 years, and our investigation has identified many that are now filled with asylum seekers. Whether deliberate or not, this process of conversion to asylum centres lacks transparency and it is only through our research that the full scale of the problem is being exposed.
What is clear, however, is that there has been a systemically facilitated process of evicting vulnerable elderly people and that this scandal has been ignored by much of the Irish establishment.
“[Nursing home providers] are looking at providing accommodation for Ukrainian refugees, which can be more lucrative.” – Junior Minister for Older People, Mary Butler
To her credit, Minister Butler raised the issue of nursing home closures months ago even as the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland Tadhg Daly denied this was even happening. That being said, if Minister Butler realised the gravity of the situation, why didn’t she push for this ban long ago?
More pertinently, how come nobody in the other major parties, civil organisations, and media outlets draw attention to this debacle? This is a question we will be answering as our investigation unfolds, with worrying facts coming to light about the sordid code of silence that permeates the Irish establishment around the topic of state-enforced mass immigration.