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Wexford man standing in elections on anti-immigration platform


General Election candidate Paul O'Hanlon.

General Election candidate Paul O'Hanlon.

General Election candidate Paul O'Hanlon.

Wexford activist Paul O'Hanlon says he is standing in the General Election on an anti-immigration platform.

Mr O'Hanlon said he hadn't intended to run, but had become increasingly angry at the social welfare department, the county council and the government 'setting aside' what he termed 'payments and resources for migrants'.

'I am standing on anti-immigration plalform - Ireland for the Irish-born, the ethnic Irish,' said Mr O'Hanlon, conceding that he had dual British and Irish nationality.

'I have no problem with people from the British Isles coming here. I have travelled the world and the Irish and British didn't get anything for nothing. The people who are coming here are economic migrants,' he said, insisting that the economic migrant label should be applied to people fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East who he said should go to countries like 'Saudi Arabia and the Emirates which have oil'.

'We already don't have enough school places for our own. How are we supposed to cope? I make no apologies for my views, I'm pro-Israel as well,' he said.

Mr O'Hanlon polled 120 votes in the last local elections and did not get any transfers.

'I don't expect to get any this time either,' he said.

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