Moving to Scotland as an Irish citizen, I had equal rights to British citizens, and that encouraged me to participate more in Scottish society.
Expanding the franchise to migrants helps to integrate more people into society and helps build social cohesion and community.
Currently, migrants in Ireland could be vilified easily by politicians because they lack most democratic rights.
We already allow all EU citizens to vote in EU elections, and all residents to vote in local elections.
But we must allow all residents to vote in Dáil and Presidential elections, in order to ensure that all politicians are incentivised to represent *everyone* in Ireland.
The single most important thing that Irish politicians can do is expand the voting franchise to include all residents (as #Scotland and other countries have done), so that migrants are given a democratic voice.
Without such support, all they do is pay lip service to diversity.
In Scotland, even the Tories aren't that anti-immigration, because all politicians need to gain as many votes as possible and compete for all residents' votes.
It's #WorldRefugeeDay & we are aware how those of our community who are forced to leave their homes struggle and the impact it has. Many may have been forced to flee persecution due to their neurodivergency. Being neurodivergent and having to face the unknown in an unknown place must be extremely difficult.
We wish to send solidarity to all taking part in Le Chéile - Diversity Not Division 'Ireland For All' demonstration taking place at the Garden of Remembrance from 5.30PM
If you can, please join the MASI / Ireland For All event on 20 June in Dublin:
ℹ️ Ireland For All - Celebration of World Refugee Day
🗓️ Tuesday, 20 June 2023 @ 17:30
🌍 Garden of Remembrance, Dublin 1
Please also share among your contacts. ❤️
Great collection of anti-racist activists from various groups in Galway sharing a message of love, solidarity, and welcome to the refugees due to be housed in Ballybrit, Galway.
We were in sunny Castlepark today and had numerous great positive conversations with folks on the doors with only a few tough conversations. But those need to be had too.
People Before Profit welcomes people seeking international protection to Galway.
People seeking asylum are due to move into Ballybrit in the coming weeks. Our branch is ready to work with others to give them a warm Galway welcome.
We have confidence that the people of Galway will refuse to be swayed by malicious actors who want to deflect our anger away from the government and landlord class onto other ordinary people.
via CATU (Community Action Tenants Union):
💰 F U N D R A I S I N G 💰
After two successful dinners last year, RAMSI & MASI are organising their first Solidarity Dinner of 2023 in collaboration with our Spring school!
Please consider making a donation through our gofundme
Shocking story about illegal eviction of a family of eight refugees from a house in Bundoran, how quickly and eagerly the Irish turn into the Holy Cross protesters they made films and parodies of, torturing children from the real refuge all children need - a local school.
This Saturday I marched with People Before Profit Galway alongside the Galway Communities Against Racism and Discrimination network in solidarity against racism and discrimination. We're stronger together.✊
Racism must be challenged in all its forms, including govt policy.
Great photos by Avi Ratnayake
Céad Míle Fáilte?
Fiosraíonn Iniúchadh TG4 & Kevin Magee léirsithe frith-inimirce in Éirinn.
TG4 investigates anti-immigration protests in Ireland.
by @KevinMageeTV ar @TG4TV
🥳 TODAY 🥳
Dublin 7 For All brings you:
❤️ Solidarity Gathering
🗓️ Sunday, 12 March 2023
📍 The Triangle, Stoneybatter
(outside Kavanagh's pub)
Fun for all the community!
🎉 TOMORROW 🎉
❤️ Solidarity Gathering
🗓️ Sunday 12th March
📍The Triangle, outside Kavanagh's pub in #Stoneybatter
Fun for all the family! Treats, games, music and more!
- For the grown-ups:
Join the community for a warm-up ahead of the rugby, or skip the sportsball altogether 😀
- For the kids:
Ater they've enjoyed some baked goodies, they can opt for face painting and join in games at Manor Picture House ❤️
Neuropride Ireland were proud to join with the many across Ireland to show solidarity to our fellow humans last Sat 18th Feb
We would like to extend our thanks to the organizers @lecheilednd for their inclusion of an accessibility area with seating and for their communications with us to ensure that our group & other DPOs were fully able to participate in a manner that was safe and comfortable for us all
Is there anyone in Dublin 7 leading community efforts in support of refugees and/or against petit fash who are trying to whip up fear & hate in the area?
Asking for the majority of people.
There are ghouls this week - and on the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine - who are trying to intimidate people in Stoneybatter, and who are willingly led by racists, can go to hell.
They do not represent Dublin 7.
Part of My speech from #IrelandForAll march Feb 18th.
Together we are stronger.
The #IrelandForAll march on Saturday was great. Huge turnout, so many different people and organisations coming together to stand with refugees and migrants, and against racism and division. I was glad to be part of a great Green Party group.
Racism is not just a personal hateful opinion. Racism is systemic. When we march out in solidarity, if we don't challenge the systemic issues of racism in our society, our "solidarity" are just empty words.
Solidarity is action. If there is no action, there is no solidarity.
"While the flags and banners of unions and community groups, People Before Profit, the Social Democrats, Labour, Sinn Féin, and the Green Party [and the Socialist Party] were evident, a visible representation of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael was nowhere to be seen. While some Government politicians have made strong statements against racism, there is a sense that both parties are unsure of the public temperature on immigration...."
Amongst other things that #IrelandForAll march on Saturday worked wonders for my knees. Obviously I need to do more walking!
Really amazing to see so many socialists & trade unionists on the streets pushing true working class solidarity with the oppressed in Dublin yesterday. We must continue our fight to push back the racists & fascists stirring up hatred & division in our communities.
The housing crisis, healthcare crisis, and cost of living crisis is not a refugee's fault, but the fault of the government and their policies.
Martin Leahy, Jimi Cullen, & crew leading Solidarity Forever at the #IrelandForAll march in Dublin yesterday.
I marched with my union & alongside this musician group as well and joined in the singing.
Working class solidarity on the streets with our trade unions must beat back the racists & fascists. The anger of the housing, healthcare, & cost of living crisis should be pointed at the govt & their failure, not refugees
Video by Irish Iranians activists
Congratulations to the tens of thousands who marched yesterday in solidarity for an #IrelandForAll with Le Chéile — Diversity Not Division.
My colleague, Hazel Chu, was a target of the far right because she is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Roderic O'Gorman was a target because he is a gay man.
The far right and their apologists don't need a reason. They exploit difference wherever it is. #DiversityNotDivision
The #IrelandForAll march today was incredible.
To borrow a pal's phrase, it fed the soul to se so many there. ❤️
At the Gate Theatre, we couldn't see the front on O'Connell St as it was already on the Quays, nor the back which was around Parnell Sq towards Hugh Lane.
We had to leave Custom House Quay early, around when PBP arrived - the crowd still stretched down almost ALL of Eden Quay as the end of the march just came around from O'Connell St.
all my photos from the #IrelandForAll demo in one place.
Today our union's message is clear: REFUGEES WELCOME, IT'S THE LANDLORDS THAT CAN FUCK OFF #IrelandForAll
As women, we're asking women to march on Saturday.
To march in solidarity with women fleeing war and persecution. To stand up against the misogyny evident at the anti-refugee protests. To be the caring, compassionate society we know we are.
🗓️Saturday 18 Feb