The Legal Framework of White Oppression
Ireland

Ireland has a National Consultative Committee on Racism and Inter-culturalism. It also has an eleven-year-old Prohibition to Incitement of Hatred Act. There is no freedom of speech in Ireland.

Background: Ireland has always been a net exporter of people, to America, Australia and other British dominions. Today, thanks to an exceptionally strong economy, the flow has reversed, and Ireland faces the same problems as its larger, wealthier European brothers. The government and Irish elite are dealing with the new problems by lying that they are actually wonderful opportunities; repeating verbatim the same tired bromides about the need to overcome racism and give foreigners an equal place in preparation for the multicultural utopia just around the bend.

Immigration: Those who control Ireland have recently allowed a sharp rise in immigrants.

Fact: In 2000, asylum requests were coming in at a rate of about 1,000 per month, with only about 500 being processed. The resulting backlog was up to 13,000 cases in late 2000, compared to 9,000 in 1999.

Fact: There are currently more than 14,500 people working in the Republic on work visa or permit schemes from countries outside the European Economic Area.

Official sources spout the usual bilge about diversity being a great strength, and the need for multiculturalism:

Fact: In late 2000 the government launched a 4.5 million package designed to combat racism and heighten public awareness of the problem. John O'Donoghue, the Irish Justice Minister said the aim of the new program is 'to help create a more inclusive society in Ireland, where racial prejudice is effectively outlawed and cultural diversity is regarded as a strength'.

Fact: Ireland boasts an Irish Refugee Council that can be counted on to provide reliable statistics backing up the need for all the new anti-racism measures, paid for out of the pockets of Irish earners...

Fact: The Employment Equality Act was passed in 1999, banning discrimination in employment. Discrimination in the provision of services was passed.

Ireland also holds a national Anti-Racist Workplace Week. And it has an Equality Authority.

It's not, says Niall Crowley, chief executive of the Equality Authority, about preaching political correctness to workers and managers, but about pre-empting problems, creating a healthy working environment and encouraging respect for people's common humanity. Sure it is...

Fact: About 35 per cent of Ireland's 3,000 junior doctors are ethnic minorities.

Famous Cases

Gerry O'Grady, who called a Gambian bus passenger a "nig-nog," in 2000 became the first convicted under the Prohibition to Incitement of Hatred Act.

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