That referendum, carried with almost 80% approval, closed off a loophole whereby a large number of people had come to Ireland, in order to automatically be granted Irish citizenship once they had children. This right was unique to this country at the time among all other EU and European states.
Since that time, those with an agenda to push have described the vote as a “racist referendum”. They seem to have no qualms in labelling 80% of Irish people in this way – or in seeking to shaft the will of the people in proposals designed to eventually overturn the 2004 vote.
Now the new measure will allow Irish-born children of immigrants to apply for citizenship after 12 months’ continuous residence. Minister for Justice Helen McEntee recently signalled that the Cabinet’s decision would be part of the response to a Labour private members motion last December that proposed completely overturning the law, without even the courtesy of putting any of this back to the citizens in a vote.
The self-satisfied arrogance of those who spoke in the debate, as reported here, means of course that trivialities such as our consent are not necessary. The Senate, which is not subject to democratic election by the vast majority of voters and is increasingly comprised of left liberal appointees from across all parties and none, has effectively become the conduit for another Woke initiative without any thought for its consequences.
What today’s proposal will do – and you may be certain that this will not be the last of it following an earlier declaration of an effective amnesty for over an unknown number of illegal immigrants – is to subvert the clear intent of the 2004 initiative. People knew what they were voting for. They do not need the post-facto interpretation or denigration of that by those fixated by seeing everything through a racial lens.
It will mean that those excluded from citizenship for valid reasons, and who may not even have been processed through the ramshackle process that allows almost anyone who gets here to stay anyway, no matter what their excuse or behaviour, will once again be able to claim citizenship if they have children who were born here. Indeed it will once again throw the door open to extended families being able to apply.
The Twitter response to the report by one journalist made some pertinent points.
One respondent also nailed the politics accurately when referring to the role of the Labour Party in all of this. The party that has obviously completely abandoned any pretence to being representative of the “working class”, not that it ever was. It has lost that to Sinn Féin and is now competing with it for the Woke vote. Labour’s absurdity being underlined by its use of International Women’s Day to support men claiming to be women. Including those who are undermining female sports, and those who are danger to actual women when placed in custody with them.
Of course, this will meet with a generally supportive response from the racial grifters, but you may be also certain that the array of left extremists and NGO state paid activists will see it as “only a beginning.” And it will be only a beginning, you may be sure.
As the recent white paper on Direct Provision indicated, all of this is part of a shared agenda from Fine Gael to People Before Profit, encompassing slum landlords and all sorts of dubious other political and financial chancers.
That agenda is to effectively turn Ireland into a denationalised convenience for those who benefit financially or politically from mass immigration. In the case of a substantial section of the current leadership of the Fine Gael party and the left, it also numbers those who share an antipathy to all manifestations of Irish nationality.