The European Commission is expected to formally indicate today that Turkey has reformed enough for membership negotiations to begin.
However, there has been considerable opposition to the move from some political quarters in Europe with outgoing Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein recently saying Europe would be “Islamised” because of demographic and migration changes.
The comments were criticised by External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten who called them “deeply wrong”.
However, the vice chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs Sean Haughey called for the Oireachtas to investigate the go-ahead for negotiations with Turkey.
“Concerns have been expressed by some member states and various commissioners that Turkish membership could lead to the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe,” he said.
He said there were concerns such as the “€28 billion price tag, human rights issues and possible mass emigration to the West.”
The Irish Refugee’s Council’s Pat Guerin criticised the comment.
“It would seem to me to be a bit loaded. To pick out something like the Islamisation of Europe would seem to set the wrong tone.”
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland said it was unhappy with the comment.