Opinion Declan Lynch

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Time for a new immigration ballad- lamenting the lack of it

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

When Gina Akpe-Moses - who was born in Nigeria but raised in Co Louth from the age of three - won the 100metres for Ireland at the recent European Under-20 Athletics Championships, I thought of my late and great friend George Byrne in a taxi in Detroit.

It was the 1980s, and the controversial rock journalist was there with some Irish colleagues on a controversial rock assignment - probably a U2 event - talking to this taxi driver about the state of the world.

"You got many of the brothers back there in Ireland?" the taxi driver asked them, a reference not to the religious orders who were themselves becoming controversial at the time, but to the driver's black "brothers".

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