Wednesday 21 August 2019

Tóibín's new party calls for immigration debate

Peadar Tóibín. Photo: Tom Burke
Peadar Tóibín. Photo: Tom Burke
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Ireland's newest political party has called for a debate around "sustainable migration" and has accused the Government of not using EU powers to control inward migration.

The issue of immigration has dominated politics in the US and the UK in recent years, but it has not yet emerged as an election issue here.

However, Aontú - a party set up by former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín who left the party over his pro-life views - has called for an "honest, respectful and responsible" debate on immigration.

"Suppression of the debate will not make its necessity less but will push the natural anxiety of some underground to be harvested by less responsible people," said a statement from the party.

It accuses the Government of not using EU mechanisms to control the number of people moving here from the bloc.

It also argues that "many people, especially in working-class areas, feel they are competing for scarce resources with people who have just moved into their neighbourhood".

To back this up, it cites the housing shortage and infrastructure investment. It also brands Direct Provision a source of "national shame".

Irish Independent

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