Is The Situation In Ireland REALLY That Bad?
A critical overview of events two weeks on.
By now, you’ve probably heard of events in Ireland.
On November 23rd, an Algerian national who immigrated to Ireland 20 years ago viciously stabbed three children, a female, and a male, in broad daylight outside of a school in central Dublin.
The five casualties included two girls, aged five and six, a boy, aged five, a female in her 30s and a man in his 50s.
Tensions boiled over. Riots followed that evening.
According to reports, seven vehicles were torched, including three buses, three police cars and one tram. Rioters seriously damaged a further eight police cars and 13 properties.
Ireland’s progressive media - almost gushing at another opportunity to gaslight - reacted exactly how you’d expect. Instead of focusing on the stabbing, they diverted most of their attention to the “racist thugs” reacting to the attack.
The Irish Times’ archives show they published one article on the former and nine on the latter in the succeeding 24 hours:
Some of that coverage highlighted looting. Of course, because nuance isn’t really the Irish Times’ thing, they neglected multiple recordings revealing some of those “racists” attempting to stop minority youths who appeared to carry out some of the looting.
The same outlet then lionised a Deliveroo rider, Ciao Benicio, for stopping the attacker. You see, because the Ciao is Brazilian, that proves mass immigration is Ireland’s strong suit.
This was soon contradicted by reports that a local, Warren Donohoe, was the one to first disarm the assailant, not Ciao (although his actions are clearly commendable). The Irish Times is yet to give Warren such coverage.
Days later, the editor of independent news outlet Gript Media, John McGuirk, clashed with Virgin Media’s Ciara Doherty. She had an issue over why Gript published details of the attacker’s original nationality.
McGuirk argued the details were important since the attacker avoided deportation and was previously arrested for knife possession. The reason being that they spoke to the condition of immigrant vetting processes and policing competency.
On a side note, it appears the irony of the media’s simultaneous glamorisation of Ciao’s heritage and vehement disgust at the mention of the attacker’s was totally lost on them.
If only they applied such deeply ethical journalistic standards to Albert Bourla and his “95%” effective vaccine...
Then came the government’s reaction. Speaking on November 24th, Irish PM Leo Varadkar said:
“It was a horrifying act of violence and our thoughts are with the injured children, their heroic care assistant who threw herself in harm’s way to protect them, and with all those who risked their lives to save lives, their real Irish heroes, whatever their nationality, Irish, British, Italian...
...to all those cowardly champions of Ireland (the rioters) who took to the streets of Dublin last night let me say one thing: ask your sisters, ask your friends, as everyone you know, what they fear most on our streets. They’re afraid of you, afraid of your anger and your rage, afraid of your hate and how you blame others for your problems.
Tellingly, when Varadkar was preparing to enter office in June 2020, he declared on Black Lives Matter, “Black Lives Matter, but black feelings matter too”. Those rioters inflicted an estimated $1-2 billion worth of damage to the U.S. economy and took the lives of over 20 people.
You know how it goes, if they didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all...
Soon it became clear why the Irish PM talked mostly of “hate”. Speaking five days later, he expressed his desire to enforce new hate speech legislation - which is now at a third reading stage – as a priority.
Poorly vetted mass immigration isn’t possibly a contributor to Ireland’s crime problems - no, no, no, it’s “hateful language”.
Critics have characterised the bill as one of the most heinous pieces of legislation to have ever entered a Western parliament. Coupled with clear infringements on freedom of speech are provisions that detail 12 months’ imprisonment for anyone that refuses to give access to their electronic devices if suspected of committing hate speech.
Activist Robert Burke has also outlined the same punishment is possible for those who refuse to allow the State to read messages between them and their spouse.
The larger problem is that the bill is constructed in the subjective. In theory, if an Irish citizen dares to associate the correlation between Ireland’s record mass immigration in the past year with its record surge in crime, and someone takes offence, it’s a possible trip to the nick.
According to the Economic and Social Research Institute, 141,600 immigrants arrived in Ireland in 2022-2023, a 31% increase from 2021 to 2022. Data from the Central Statistic Office shows in the same period, theft rose by 36%, homicide rose by 28%, robbery rose by 20%, murder and assault threats rose by 7% and sexual offences rose by 2%.
The purpose of citing this is not to associate crime with immigration. It is to exemplify how absurd the overreach is. Although, to say there isn’t a correlation with mass immigration and crime surges in the macro would be patently false.
Unfortunately, the Irish police, Garda Síochána, followed in the government’s footsteps. Rather than concentrating on physical criminality, they announced an investigation into social media posts.
Rumours then circulated they were investigating MMA megastar Conor McGregor. Conor made the critical error of posting to his account, “Ireland, we are at war.” on the day of the attack. Something he soon supplemented with praise of Ciao. But that didn’t matter.
Limerick west councillor Abul Kalam Azad Talukder followed by telling a meeting of Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) that he would like to see “them shot in the head or bring the public in and beat them until they die".
Police promptly launched an investigation into him. Oh wait, no. They didn’t. In fact, when key searching his name with “police” using Google, no recent results appeared.
Talukder then clarified he was referring to the attacker. This seemed ever so slightly undermined by the fact that his original statement included the word “them” (plural) instead “him” (singular). Never mind.
Video footage has since emerged of Garda Síochána confiscating placards from peaceful protestors calling for Varadkar’s resignation:
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Some 100 miles away in Belfast, Northern Ireland, citizens witnessed what can only be described as more policing parody. When an unknown suspect graffitied “Irish Lives Matter” signage on a board, authorities responded by launching a hate crime investigation.
Little did they know this would infer racism on their part, as “Irish” obviously does not speak to a particular race, but nationality. Like the media, however, it seems their progressive blinkers have not only partially blinded them of reason but self-awareness too.
Upon further investigation, not only did Police West Belfast’s social media account document strong and frequent support for transgenderism - which some could deem insulting and thus “hateful” to Christians and Muslims (if we’re playing that game) - but persistent calls to report “hate crime”.
Statistics show the city’s crime rate is the worst the region. According to Crimerate.com, Belfast's crime rate stands at 110 per 1000 people. The most common crimes related to violence and sexual offences which occurred to roughly every 49 out of 1,000 residents. Priorities, priorities...
I must admit, I had trouble wrapping up this little deep dive. I kept coming back to the definition of a ‘logical extreme’. That is, a relevant statement of an extreme or even preposterous position which is consistent with the proposition in question.
What else explains the Irish public’s suffering than its endurance of progressivism’s ideological extreme?
Constantly, whether in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain, the US or, indeed, Ireland, we see the old tenets of what made our society so great (freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, etc.) subverted for a form of wet protectionism.
Principle doesn’t matter anymore. The ends justify the means. It’s better to “shut up for the sake of diversity”, as one infamous Twitter user once remarked when UK police found that Muslim immigrants had sexually groomed dozens of young white girls in the north of England.
If an Irish senator calling for opponents of the government to be given a “good honest decent beating” isn’t proof of that, I don’t know what is. Under the ruling class’s conception, progression (or progressivism) actually means regression.
In the aftermath, a couple of outspoken Irish citizens confronted certain members of the media in public, who’d spent the last few days gaslighting them. It makes for some entertaining viewing:
“Why do you interview the leftists, but not the concerned citizen majority?”
“We’re not going to be intimidated anymore!”
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