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Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30
Sir - No doubt, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker's remark that "there is a reason the number of O'Neills and Murphys living in the US exceeds the number in Ireland" will have certain commentators rushing to tell us that Irish immigration was different as "they went there to work", even though almost all of the current refugees want to work.
During the Famine many of the Irish were so ill from typhus and malnutrition they were in no fit state to work. During the years 1847-1848, mass immigration caused a typhus epidemic in Canada, yet it continued to accept our desperate people - French-Canadian 'Grey Nuns' put their own lives at great personal risk by treating the gravely ill. In more recent times several countries continued to accept our migrants while they themselves were experiencing economic recession and yet we have among us those who begrudge refuge to people who are fleeing guns, bombs and other horrors in their homeland.