Mick Barry, Solidarity/PBP TD for Cork North Central, told Katie Hannon on RTÉ’s Late debate that he believed that the “intervention by the extreme right” in Oughterard was “probably the most successful intervention for the extreme-right in any community in this country so far.”
According to Newstalk, the Department of Justice has said the withdrawal of the Oughterard bid was “disappointing” and will “exacerbate a very serious situation in terms of a shortage of accommodation for those who come to Ireland seeking accommodation”. They warned Ireland was “perilously close” to a situation where accommodation cannot be offered to asylum seekers.
Separately, Irish Examiner columnist Gerard Howlin stated that the 2004 referendum in which 80% of the public voted to end birth-right citizenship was an important and positive development because he had seen concern with immigration at a local level in north Dublin. Howlin told RTÉ’s Katie Hannon that she was re-writing history to suggest that “a toxic culture at the time” lead to the referendum result. He said there was huge evidence at the time that Irish citizenship laws were being abused.
Howling said the problem with Direct Provision was that it was not short term and if processes are to be speeded up, deportation is going to have to be part of a prompt process that leaves people in Direct Provision for a short time only. He added that some of the people protesting against Direct Provision now will also be the same people protesting deportations.
In 2016, Eurostat revealed that Ireland fails 90% of asylum claimants as non-genuine.
However, the ESRI revealed in 2017 that 80% of deportation orders against failed asylum seekers are never implemented.
In January, 2018, the Irish Independent reported of an alleged, undeclared scheme being operated by the immigration authorities allowing failed asylum seekers without a criminal record and who had been in Ireland for five years or more, to stay. Legal professionals working on asylum cases referred to this scheme as the “scheme that doesn’t exist”.
Broadcast: The Late Debate | RTÉ Radio One | 01 Oct 2019