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Irish influx to Poland unlikely

Published 17/04/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I refer to John Drennan's article (Sunday Independent, April 10, 2011) entitled "Poles in fear of 'starved Irish' influx". He commences with the comment that Polish Newsweek magazine painted a bizarre portrait of Ireland as a poverty-stricken country. He is correct that this article is bizarre.

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However, he then goes on to add to the story by closing his article with the comment (which did not appear in the Newsweek article) that many building sites in Poland now have signs saying "no Irish need apply".

This statement is totally false and equally bizarre. Not only would such a sign be against the law in Poland but it also conjures up an image of Irish construction workers walking the streets of Warsaw and asking is there "any chance of a start".

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