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Saturday 10 December 2016

Launch of controversial right wing political party descends into chaos in Dublin

Identity Ireland is seeking to bring an end to mass immigration and multiculturalism

Published 22/07/2015 | 14:33

Farah Mokhtareizadeh from Anti Racism Network pictured as she read a statement at the launch of the Identity Ireland, a Pro Sovereignty party in Buswells Hotel. In the background is Gary Allen and Peter O Loughlin, both founder members of Identity Ireland. Photo: Frank McGrath
Farah Mokhtareizadeh from Anti Racism Network pictured as she read a statement at the launch of the Identity Ireland, a Pro Sovereignty party in Buswells Hotel. In the background is Gary Allen and Peter O Loughlin, both founder members of Identity Ireland. Photo: Frank McGrath

THE launch of a right-wing party descended into chaos this afternoon after an anti-racism group staged a protest.

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Identity Ireland - which is seeking to bring an end to mass immigration and multiculturalism – held a press conference in Buswells Hotel in Dublin to announce it had officially become a political party.

However, after the group’s leaders introduced themselves, members of an anti-racism group accused the party of knowingly holding the launch on the fourth anniversary on the massacre of 77 people by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

Identity Ireland denied they held the event to coincide with the anniversary of the tragedy.

During the demonstration, a protester laid a wreath for the victims of the mass murder beside members of the party.

Identity Ireland members clashed with the protesters calling them thugs and accusing them of harassing their fledgling political movement.

Ronit Lentin [right] from the Anti Racism Network and Kate O Connell debate with Paul O Marcacahain at the launch of the Identity Ireland.
Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Ronit Lentin [right] from the Anti Racism Network and Kate O Connell debate with Paul O Marcacahain at the launch of the Identity Ireland. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

A member of the political party then called hotel staff and asked them to remove the protesters from the press conference.

Speaking to the media after the demonstration, a member of Identity Ireland insisted there was a difference between people who are ethnically Irish and Irish citizens.

Party Leader Peter O’Loughlin, who is an unemployed primary school teacher, said 90pc of immigrants seeking asylum in Ireland are “bogus” and are instead economic immigrants.

He said mass immigration - which Ireland engaged in with “in gusto” - is putting “huge strain” on our health and social welfare system.

The group is opposed to the European Union in its current form and Mr O’Loughlin said the euro was a “political tool used to rob us of our sovereignty”.

He said the group will run a “handful” of candidates in the next election but admitted it was hard to get people to engage with the party because they feared being branded racists.

He said the party did not take a position on social issues such as abortion or the marriage equality referendum.

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