The time is “ripe” for the Irish far right. That’s according to University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Dr. Natasha Dromey.
She was speaking at a conference on the topic of right-wing extremism in Ireland. Dromey argued that there’s a belief that Ireland is “immune” to the emergence of a far-right party. But she cited the increase in hate crimes in recent years alongside a rise in intolerance to demonstrate otherwise.
She told those in attendance that: "We are ripe for a group to emerge if they are able to sell their narrative in the right way."
The lecturer also went on to say that hatred is now being normalised. What was once “the underbelly of society” is now being utilised by politicians. She insisted that this is a “scary tipping point”. And what’s more, incidents of far-right terrorism in Ireland are not something beyond the realm of possibility.
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