Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The citizenship referendum takes place along with the local and European elections on June 11th. One of the reasons given for this debate was that women from non EU countries were arriving in Ireland heavily pregnant, having babies and thus gaining an Irish passport for their child. In this way it was stated the asylum process was subverted. A loophole needed to be closed. The government is seen as being strong.

Reason number two it was argued was that women coming to Ireland to have babies were putting an additional strain on scarce resources in maternity hospitals.

Point number one. Who is responsible for the scarce resources in Irish hospitals? The Irish government that’s who. At a time of unprecedented economic growth the public healthcare system in Ireland has been neglected and under-funded. We now have a two tier healthcare system.

Point number two. One Dublin hospital stated that the number of babies born each week to parents outside of an EU country is two. So an extra two babies born in a Dublin hospital each week is causing the citizenship referendum. What a joke. The government doesn’t have the guts to come out and say that it doesn’t want immigrants about the house.

I was looking at Primetime the Irish current affairs programme last night when one of the participants stated that at the time we are having this citizenship referendum the Irish minister for foreign affairs Brian Cowan was meeting authorities of the United States government to see what they could do to alleviate the plight of the thousands of illegal Irish working in America. Is this the height of hypocrisy or what? Someone hand me a sick bag.

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