Minister warns on racism: Must do better

Minister warns on racism: Must do better

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is right to warn about the opportunity protests against direct provision centres offer those who would hijack genuine concern to whip up anti-immigrant, anti-asylum seeker sentiment.

We are a nation of immigrants and we, of all nations, should have an understanding off the vulnerability of those forced to leave their home country to try to build a new life.

However, Mr Flanagan should also recognise the role the Government, in power in one guise or another for almost a decade, has played in this shameful episode. Its failure, so abject it is hard to think it accidental, to provide for refugees in a better way exacerbates the scandal.

Warehousing refugees by the hundred in a remote hotel, where there is little prospect of building a new life even if work was readily available, is unlikely to end successfully. The stultifying inertia around social housing provision throws even more fuel on the fire.

Immigration is a growing fact of life and by not preparing better for that inevitability we play straight into the hands of those racists Mr Flanagan has rightly warned about.

More in this Section

'The New Thing party I’ve just arrived at unnoticed, is the audiobook''The New Thing party I’ve just arrived at unnoticed, is the audiobook'

'It’s not a beautiful word, is it, Munster?''It’s not a beautiful word, is it, Munster?'

Brexit: A deal would begin a long, difficult processBrexit: A deal would begin a long, difficult process

Will Paschal Donohoe’s voice of clarity now fall silent?Will Paschal Donohoe’s voice of clarity now fall silent?


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

More From The Irish Examiner