Thursday 21 November 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Communities can't prop up our broken asylum system'

'Today, Australia, the US and Canada, amongst others, do not grant open entry to Irish people - does that mean they are racist towards Irish people' (stock photo)
'Today, Australia, the US and Canada, amongst others, do not grant open entry to Irish people - does that mean they are racist towards Irish people' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Your editorial 'A Moral Obligation To Give Succour to Asylum Seekers' (Irish Independent, November 2) on the ongoing controversy around housing asylum seekers in the west of Ireland omits one essential truth – Ireland's asylum system is broken.

Trotting out lines about Irish emigrants in the past doesn’t address this central point. A century ago, Irish people – like everyone else – could enter and settle in just about any country they liked. Today, Australia, the US and Canada, amongst others, do not grant open entry to Irish people – does that mean they are racist towards Irish people?

Recent figures show that “safe” countries such as Albania and Georgia are now amongst the biggest source of applications for political asylum in Ireland. It’s hardly surprising that rejection rates for such groups range 90pc-plus. However, it appears that these failed asylum seekers are then free to clog up the system by spending years mounting legal challenges to these same decisions. Those most disadvantaged by such a system are bona fide political asylum seekers and the long-suffering Irish taxpayer. who is forced to fund a dysfunctional and broken asylum system.

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Instead of reforming and fixing our broken asylum system, it seems that the official approach is to demonise struggling communities for not propping up their broken asylum system. Let’s not forget, the Dublin elites have utterly failed these same communities in the area of medical provision, infrastructure and economic development.

Ireland’s responsibility is for an asylum system based on political asylum. It’s time to reform and fix our asylum system and make it fit for the purpose for which it was always intended – providing refuge to those fleeing political persecution.

Brian Deane

Wilton, Cork

Time for meddling Farage to put up or shut up over election

What is the point of Nigel Farage meddling in the UK general election if he’s not prepared to stand as a candidate himself?

His intervention could well divide the Tory vote and thwart Brexit itself that he spouts so much about and that I and millions of others voted for. Instead of interfering and allowing others to be his “cat’s paw”, Farage should either campaign for a Westminster seat or remain in Brussels as an MEP – the very body he wants the UK to leave. At this rate, his “talents” are more suited to revamping Britain’s Monster Raving Loony Party than “participating” in an all-important election.

Although Sinn Féin declines to take its Westminster seats – unlike the SNP – at least it stands, whereas “Farage the nuisance” pokes his nose in without submitting himself to a constituency’s electors.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

UK needs a government that will let people reach potential

The UK has had enough austerity, grotesque inequality, homelessness, child poverty, creaking public infrastructures, skyrocketing prices and the threat of crashing out of the EU with no deal. Conservatives represent only the privileged and the elites. Millions are languishing in bad working conditions, more stressful lives and greater job and food insecurity.

What the UK needs is a new government that gives people full working rights, enough homes, sick pay, parental leave, safeguards against unfair dismissal, abolishment of tuition fees, Universal Credit and the creation of a humane system that allows people to reach their full potential without prejudice or discrimination.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Rugby World Cup a triumph for grit, tenacity and vision

What an inspiration to see a true South African team and nation lift the Webb Ellis Cup. Togetherness, grit, tenacity, determination, vision, tactics and hard work won through. When the World Cup journey started several weeks ago, we each wrote the script in our own minds as to who would win. 

Japan played boldly as a nation who believed the adage “never mistake bigness for greatness” and opened the world to the beautiful game of rugby as a game played backwards by the team going forward.

Two decades of provincial and international rugby have seen Irish rugby scale the dizzy heights of world number one ranking, Six Nations and European titles. Each player, manager and fan has truly deserved this success which was won out of the love of the game in our schools, clubs and provinces.

Success like in the townships of South Africa is akin to that of our club rugby, sometimes forgotten, but they forge and foster players in the belief to “never mistake bigness for greatness”. Inspirational South Africa have been mistakenly seen as backwards, but are now going forward.

Scrum on.

Desmond Hayes

North Circular Road, Limerick

Irish Independent

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