With Alex Soros promising to use his father’s NGO empire to draw greater focus and concessions towards Roma Gypsies, the Burkean takes stock of part of this group’s recent history on our island.
In a 1998 article for the Irish Times, it was asserted that the arrival of gypsies to Irish shores would test the tolerance of the Irish people, and prove that they were racist all along. Recent high-profile crimes committed by gypsies have oddly vindicated this prediction in a way the author back in 1998 did not even anticipate.
Known as Europe’s ‘untouchable caste’, Roma Gypsies have long had a controversial relation to continental European societies, from Hungary to Spain, known for their disproportionate presence on state welfare, heightened criminality from a statistical perspective , and inordinate school drop-out rates.
With the Irish Government opening Ireland’s borders to the rest of the world, like bursting a dam, we now see happenings within our own society that seem to conform to the continental standard.
Roma Gypsies from all over Eastern Europe began their migration to Ireland mostly with the accession of Eastern European states to the European Union, to some degree thanks to the generous welfare system of the Irish Government.
In recent years, as our welfare system became extremely lax and our asylum-seeking policies even more loose, word had likely spread around the continent which encouraged many, including many Roma Gypsies, to come to our country.
The Roma Gypsy population has increased not only because of the war in Ukraine, which has undoubtedly seen a number of Ukrainian Roma Gypsies arrive on our shores, but also gypsy families on average having more children. The Burkean has reported before about the grant systems that has facilitated the colonisation of stretches of Dublin’s North Inner City from Amiens Street to Mountjoy Square.
The European Union has criticised Ireland’s Central Statistics Office for inaccuracy, believing that the number of gypsies living in Ireland is far, far higher than actually reported. In the 2022 census, 16,059 gypsies were recorded as resident in the country, but according to EU estimates, the number is at least 37,500.
With the promise of evermore arrivals on our shores, a brief summary of the criminal activities which our so-called ‘New Irish’ are involved in is as valuable an exercise as any.
Known for statistically higher probability of committing financial crimes, such as fraud, in comparison with many ethnicities, our new neighbours have been involved in some of the more shocking legal cases recently, such as their alleged exploitation of our elderly. A gypsy beggar targeted a 69-year-old man from Cork, robbing him of his entire life savings – €207,000 — and another 74-year-old woman from whom he stole €123,000, making her take a loan of €15,000 to give him money.
Community alerts have been posted in which local women are encouraged to be weary of gypsy men in the area harassing and violently threatening women.
Too, gypsies have been involved in serious welfare scams, with one man defrauding the Government of almost €228,000. This same man was previously convicted of stealing from charity collection boxes in two different churches and has never worked in the country. Fairly or unfairly, members of the Roma gypsy community have featured in many of the most egregious legal cases that expose the attitude of some towards law and order, such as the shocking case of a Roma woman who cried discrimination after being caught stealing red-handed, and who tirned out to be living a cushy life on the taxpayer’s expense:
Roma gypsy woman convicted of stealing 15 bottles of wine by smuggling them under her skirt claims she's a victim of discrimination.— 243Cal 🇮🇪 (@243_cal) October 24, 2021
She's here 20 years and has a house courtesy of the Irish taxpayer.
Feeling stupid yet? Good. After that comes anger. That's when things change. pic.twitter.com/dKkxfv5nun
Many independent commentators sought to raise the topic of Roma gypsy integration in the national discourse, but like many things in Ireland this topic has been assiduously avoided by the establishment.
At times when the establishment can no longer ignore the topic of Roma gypsies, the usual gaslighting and sob-stories begin. Sinn Féin have often taken a leading role in these efforts:
A complex conundrum, not least for the government
This brief inventory of gypsy crimes is certainly set to grow in years to come, and it’s worth instilling in people’s minds for their own safety the words of Helen McEntee, the patron of Ireland’s new band of foreign criminals, ‘You’re not going to be safe all the time.’