Issues with integration on the continent can be a lesson to us
We tend to see the positives of migration into Ireland but must be alert to any tension, writes Paul Moran
Last Thursday, the minister with responsibility for defence, Paul Kehoe, announced a major recruitment drive to boost the Defence Forces by more than 800 personnel.
What was significant was that a special emphasis was placed upon the need to encourage more "new Irish" into the services.
This is not the first time that integration has been actively targeted - An Garda Siochana, among others, has launched several such initiatives. It demonstrates a growing acknowledgement of the "new Irish" in today's society, and the increasing influence they will have.