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Stamp it out… January 17, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This seems like sound advice:

Political parties must quickly act against candidates who make anti-immigrant remarks to win publicity and and votes during the general election campaign, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has declared.
Some candidates are are already resorting to “dog whistle politics” in an attempt to win or retain Dáil seats, said the council’s Pippa Woolnough.

And this is another sound point:

Bulelani Mfaco, of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, said it “won’t be surprising for foreign nationals to be treated with disdain” by candidates in the weeks ahead.
“More disturbing is that the party in government, Fine Gael, has relied on Noel Grealish for votes in the national legislature, rather than distancing themselves from [him],” he said.

That dynamic, whereby political expedience has allowed those who use this rhetoric to play a functionally significant role in political processes has a subtly normative effect particularly when played out over extended time periods. And this here is a salutary reminder of how a long embedded prejudice has sway too:

Martin Collins, co-director of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre said Ireland cannot be complacent about racism or racist hate speech.
“Elections that are free from anti-minority discourse are essential for democracy to flourish,” said Mr Collins. “And we are calling on all political parties, election candidates and voters to dump candidates who resort to racist measures.”


1. CL - January 17, 2020

”Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is under fire for failing to sanction a party councillor who subjected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to a personalised attack about his race and family status….
Ms McDonald refused to suspend Mr Holohan, adding: “Our party is one of inclusivity, and Paddy has apologised for his remarks and that was the correct thing to do.”..
This came after the councillor tweeted his apology, saying that his comments had been “misinterpreted”.

Nonetheless, questions have been raised about Ms McDonald’s refusal to act.

Fine Gael candidate in Dublin-Rathdown, Neale Richmond, told the Irish Examiner: “[Mr Holohan’s comments were] not a matter of interpretation, and his faux apology simply isn’t good enough.

“In any normal political party, Councillor Holohan would be subject to a disciplinary hearing and sanction. I see no reason why Mary Lou McDonald thinks she can wash her hands with this. It is a damning indictment of a supposed new Sinn Féin.”

DCU professor of politics Gary Murphy said: “There comes a time when these so-called apologies shouldn’t be accepted. This is one of these times.”


sonofstan - January 17, 2020

“Fine Gael candidate in Dublin-Rathdown, Neale Richmond, told the Irish Examiner: “[Mr Holohan’s comments were] not a matter of interpretation, and his faux apology simply isn’t good enough”

Says a man whose party ran an explicitly racist candidate in Wexford.


Liberius - January 17, 2020


CL - January 17, 2020

‘Mary Lou McDonald, the party leader, said that Mr Holohan’s comments about underage girls were upsetting and “beyond offensive.”…
Speaking to reporters as part of her general election campaign, Mary Lou McDonald said that disciplinary action was now being taken against Mr Holohan in the wake of the story.

“I have moved immediately to the party’s disciplinary procedures, all of that matter is now in hand and disciplinary action will be taken,” Ms McDonald said.

“Obviously the comments themselves are offensive, they’re beyond offensive. I actually find them upsetting. I’m very, very shocked at the comments made and the party’s disciplinary procedure is now activated as we speak.”


NFB - January 17, 2020

He’s been suspended.


baalthor - January 17, 2020

His autobiography is on sale atm so this may not hurt sales …


baalthor - January 17, 2020

Coincidentally I had seen the book last week before the current issues arose and had not heard of this guy before – read through the first few chapters -worth having a look …

Reading about his childhood and teenage years, it’s a bit jarring to realize he’s a child of the Celtic Tiger. And a contemporary of McGregor who he has much praise for in the book even though he obviously never reached that level of success …


2. Paul Culloty - January 17, 2020

A GE map of the far-right:


3. roddy - January 17, 2020

Rafferty stood here in the December Westminster election.He toned down the racism a bit and highlighted his “pro life” stance but still bombed ,gaining only 600 votes.SF held the seat comfortably polling nearly 21k .

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