Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Irish Refugee Council

The council does great work combating racism but when it comes to regulating immigration they are horribly wrong and out of touch with the rest of the country.
Apparantly 6,000 illegals are roaming free in this country. And Justice Minister Michael McDowell has said that regardless of the cost we will track these people down and deport them. A sound view as to do this would stop illegals thinking Ireland as a soft touch.
Some of these undocumented persons could be involved in crime or be a danger to society. It makes sense to track them down.
It was TD Finian McGrath whose views the council leaped on this time. His argument is that 8,000 illegal Irish are in America and we shouldnt be ranting and raving about people in our own country when we are such an emigrant country.
Can someone explain to me what this has got to do with it? So the Americans are well in their right to track them down and deport them back home just as we will do. Some people just spout the most PC thing that comes to mind without thinking whether it means anything or not. Luckily most people can see right through them.

Happy Late Birthday

I was 21 on Sunday. Bit late announcing it but there you go. This saturday coming i may be celebrating it. Better late than never!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wild West

On a recent trip to the Liffey Valley centre i realised how troubled Dublin's Westside is. Both on the bus to and from the shopping centre i witnessed drug abuse.
On one occasion a mother had her child with her as she shared a couple of lines of charlie. She then had the cheek of complaining she hasnt got enough money for her son's birthday. Likely she spent her social welfare feeding her habit.
A group of schoolboys then came aboard. One of them quickly routing through this womans jacket pocket leading to her uproar. When the woman and her friend get of the bus the boys, who had ripped up a couple of the seats, flung a section out the window hitting her on the head. The thrower resisting his friends chants to aim for the child.
On both journeys any woman with a child repeatedly roared at him/her to shut up while she engaged in drug use. It made me think what sort of homelife these children have and what type of people they may become as a result.
When not having to listen to the mayhem on the bus i tried window gazing to take my mind of things. Not much luck here. Nearly every wall was vandalised and many had scorch marks from arson attempts. Rubbish strewed across parkways and greens and houses were literally falling apart and or abandoned in some patches.
Children growing up in these hellholes have an awful handicap to overcome to achieve anything in life and many will turn out like their parents. Then they will have children of their own at an impossibly young age and treat them as they themselves were treated.
The cycle goes on and on and its up to local communities to fight to reclaim their lives from the minority of westsiders trying to destroy it. And i wish them well in trying to achieve it. But i fear they are fighting a losing battle.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

My 1st Election

A few days ago Iraqs came out in their 60%'s and voted in what for many was their first true vote.
Compare that day with the same day three years before. A full year before the Coalition liberated them. Instead of standing in queues choosing their leader they were at risk of being taken away in the middle of the night. Their only crime to say something untoward about Saddam Huessin. Their future bleak.
Now they are not at danger from the state but from fellow Iraqi's and foreign fighters who hate what democracy stands for. Despite being bombed and shot at the people stayed with the task.
It brings up sad thoughts of ourselves. Many of us unwilling to vote. Almost as though we take it for granted. Perhaps seeing these events unfold in Iraq might remind us about the price and the honour we all have on us being free.
I pray that the right thinking people of Iraq can hold strong and defeat terrorism in their country. When that is complete terrorism will be dealt a serious blow and freedom can breath a little easier.