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How many times are we told that the European Union is about bringing peace and unity after World War II , apart from the irony that Germany , which was solely responsible for starting that war now has most influence through its majority MEPS and is in control of the finances through the European Central Bank in Frankfurt , unity and peace is far from the reality on the ground . Increased homelessness , unemployment , suicide rates and social unrest accross much of the Continent , followed by street protest after street protest . Large sections of society are clearly not feeling the Love , unity and peace
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Letter to Editor 16 September 2020 They say Love is more than just physical attraction . In February of this year , BBC presenter Phillip Schofield announced publicly that he was gay . Schofield had been married to his wife Stephanie for 27 years and had two daughters at the time of the announcement . Yesterday it was reported , he was converting the wifes garage into a Bachelor Pad and would remain in the family home which is worth some 2.6 million . The Scholfield story shows us that while gay people might be sexually attracted to the same sex , physical attraction and love are two
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Letter to Editor 31/01/2020 Hello good people. I am a Brit ex pat, presently resident in Brasil, where sadly Guinness is hard to come by. (hee hee) Born of Ulsterman Father and Dublin born Mother. Mixed religion. Aged 63 I witnessed many of the 'Troubles' in the North. I used to spend my school summer holidays on my Uncles farm in County Down. How times have changed. I too complained to the BBC about its' coverage of Brexit and its' so,so,so PRO remain stance. So much did I complain, I am now banned from complaining? The main reason the BBC banned me was
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Opinion : Proposed PBP Birthright Citizenship Bill grave consequences for Ireland

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On Thursday , Mick Barry TD for people before profit brought a Bill before Dail Eireann to re-introduce Birthright Citizenship to Ireland. 

Barry's Bill entitled "the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Bill 2020" was described by Barry in the Dail as being .... "inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement .. The Bill will reverse the legislation enacted in 2005 on foot of the 2004 citizenship referendum which was in my opinion, a racist referendum  

In Ireland and most other countries around the world , the normal practice is that citizenship is inherited from your parents not by birthplace , It is based upon the legal principle of jus sanguinis (right of blood) in Roman Law . Automatic Citizenship is given to those who have at least one parent who is a citizen of that country. 

In Birthright Citizenship (Jus Soli right of soil) your citizenship is inherited from the place you are born . Its a very rare practice . No countries in Europe allow birthright citizenship while only two countries in the developed world engage the practice , they are the USA and Canada.   


However , For a Brief Period in Irish History (1999 to 2004) , Ireland allowed Birthright Citizenship with devastating consequences .  

In 1998 , Ireland passed a Referendum to permit the state to sign the Good Friday Agreement . 

The referendum changed our Constitution to allow Birthright citizenship , the idea was to give those born in Northern Ireland Irish Citizenship.

Article 2 : It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas, to be part of the Irish nation

The new law would soon have devasting consequences  .  

One year after its introduction , A pregnant chinese woman named Ms Man Lavette Chen arrived in Belfast from Cardiff to give birth. Ms Chen had been living in the UK on a temporary residency visa and wanted to gain permanent residency rights there . She knew the UK had abolished birthright citizenship in 1983 but Ireland had just introduced it . After giving birth in Belfast , she went back to the UK and applied for permanent residency on the basis that her child was an Irish Citizen and thus EU Citizen . Her initial application was rejected but on appeal , the matter was referred to the European Court of Justice which ruled that under Article 18 of the Maastricht treaty (free movement) , her child being a citizen of the union had a right to reside anywhere in the EU with its parents . [Chen Vs Home Secretary] 

The court ruling meant that anybody could simply fly into Ireland , give birth and gain full EU residency rights .

It soon became evident to government that non EU nationals where arriving in large numbers for the purpose of giving birth and exploiting the loophole .

During this period , Ireland witnessed the largest influx of Asylum Seekers Per Capita than anywhere in Europe . Applications for Asylum increased from 4,626 applications in 1998 to 10,938 applications in 2000 .

By 2003 , the heads of Ireland's Maternity hospitals such as Dr Declan Keane , then Master of Holles Street maternity hospital were warning that pregnant women were coming to Ireland with their .. "antenatal notes" to give birth.

  

Faced with a real dilemma , the government decided to hold another referendum . Automatic citizenship would be restricted to those who have at least one parent that is an Irish citizen or entitled to be an Irish citizen which is normal practice around the world .

On 11th June 2004 , the referendum (27th Amendment) passed with massive support , with 1.4 million people voting to abolish birthright citizenship and just 375 thousand wanting it to remain . 

The change was inserted into the Constitution under Article 9.2

Article 9.2 : notwithstanding any other provision of this constitution, a person born in the island of ireland, which includes its islands and seas, who does not have, at the time of the birth of that person, at least one parent who is an irish citizen or entitled to be an irish citizen is not entitled to irish citizenship or nationality, unless provided for by law

This is not the first time Mick Barry and other People Before Profit TDs have attempted to re-introduce Birthright Citizenship here . In January 2019, a similar Bill Sponsored by Mick Barry , Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy TDs entitled  "Irish Nationality and Citizenship (Restoration of Birthright Citizenship) Bill 2017" was defeated in the Dail by 82 votes against , 43 in favour .
 


Below : List of TDS who voted For and Against Birthright Citizenship Bill back in 2019 . 

  • Tá (voted in favour of Bill)

  • Adams, Gerry.
  • Barry, Mick.
  • Boyd Barrett, Richard.
  • Brady, John.
  • Buckley, Pat.
  • Coppinger, Ruth.
  • Crowe, Seán.
  • Cullinane, David.
  • Daly, Clare.
  • Doherty, Pearse.
  • Ellis, Dessie.
  • Ferris, Martin.
  • Funchion, Kathleen.
  • Harty, Michael.
  • Healy, Seamus.
  • Howlin, Brendan.
  • Kenny, Gino.
  • Kenny, Martin.
  • McDonald, Mary Lou.
  • McGrath, Mattie.
  • Martin, Catherine.
  • Mitchell, Denise.
  • Munster, Imelda.
  • Murphy, Catherine.
  • Murphy, Paul.
  • Nolan, Carol.
  • Ó Broin, Eoin.
  • Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
  • Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh.
  • Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
  • O'Brien, Jonathan.
  • O'Reilly, Louise.
  • O'Sullivan, Jan.
  • Penrose, Willie.
  • Quinlivan, Maurice.
  • Ryan, Brendan.
  • Ryan, Eamon.
  • Sherlock, Sean.
  • Shortall, Róisín.
  • Smith, Bríd.
  • Stanley, Brian.
  • Tóibín, Peadar.
  • Wallace, Mick.
  • Níl (Voted Against)

  • Aylward, Bobby.
  • Barrett, Seán.
  • Brassil, John.
  • Breen, Pat.
  • Brophy, Colm.
  • Broughan, Thomas P.
  • Burke, Peter.
  • Butler, Mary.
  • Byrne, Catherine.
  • Cahill, Jackie.
  • Calleary, Dara.
  • Canney, Seán.
  • Cannon, Ciarán.
  • Carey, Joe.
  • Casey, Pat.
  • Cassells, Shane.
  • Chambers, Jack.
  • Collins, Michael.
  • Collins, Niall.
  • Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.
  • Coveney, Simon.
  • Creed, Michael.
  • Curran, John.
  • D'Arcy, Michael.
  • Daly, Jim.
  • Deasy, John.
  • Deering, Pat.
  • Doherty, Regina.
  • Dooley, Timmy.
  • Doyle, Andrew.
  • Durkan, Bernard J.
  • English, Damien.
  • Farrell, Alan.
  • Fitzmaurice, Michael.
  • Fitzpatrick, Peter.
  • Flanagan, Charles.
  • Fleming, Sean.
  • Gallagher, Pat The Cope.
  • Griffin, Brendan.
  • Halligan, John.
  • Haughey, Seán.
  • Heydon, Martin.
  • Humphreys, Heather.
  • Kehoe, Paul.
  • Kelleher, Billy.
  • Kyne, Seán.
  • Lahart, John.
  • Lawless, James.
  • Lowry, Michael.
  • MacSharry, Marc.
  • McEntee, Helen.
  • McGrath, Finian.
  • McGrath, Michael.
  • McGuinness, John.
  • McHugh, Joe.
  • McLoughlin, Tony.
  • Madigan, Josepha.
  • Mitchell O'Connor, Mary.
  • Moran, Kevin Boxer.
  • Moynihan, Aindrias.
  • Moynihan, Michael.
  • Murphy O'Mahony, Margaret.
  • Murphy, Eoghan.
  • Murphy, Eugene.
  • Naughten, Denis.
  • Naughton, Hildegarde.
  • Neville, Tom.
  • Noonan, Michael.
  • Ó Cuív, Éamon.
  • O'Callaghan, Jim.
  • O'Connell, Kate.
  • O'Donovan, Patrick.
  • O'Dowd, Fergus.
  • O'Keeffe, Kevin.
  • Phelan, John Paul.
  • Rabbitte, Anne.
  • Ring, Michael.
  • Rock, Noel.
  • Ross, Shane.
  • Smith, Brendan.
  • Stanton, David.
  • Zappone, Katherine.

  • Staon (didn't vote)

  • Connolly, Catherine.
  • O'Sullivan, Maureen.
 
 
  
 
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I hope Peadar Toibin , Carol Nolan and Mattie McGrath will change their minds on this and vote against it .

I heard peadar talking about his reasons for supporting it on Radio earlier in the year and he was linking abortion and birthright citizenship .

America and Canada have birthright citizenship YET they have among the highest abortion rates in the world .

They are two SEPERATE issues , there is no link between one and the other .

I Just hope Peadar and the others change their minds on this .
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how dare Mick Barry say 1.4 million Irish people are racist , how dare he . I remember it back then , the country was a mess , our hospitals were overrun . it was madness , we had to get rid of birthright citizenship our country was sinking fast
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if they get this bill through , we may as well pack our bags

this is the same party that voted Against flying the Irish Flag outside Fingal County Hall .

remember that , that guy matthew waine solidarity pbp wanted the Red Flag of communism instead because he said the irish flag was offensive to minorities .

This is what your dealing with now .

There is a very thin line between socialism and communism and I think these guys are communists deep down

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fair play to Michael Collins for voting against this Bill , legend .
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think people really need to read this article and ask serious questions of Aontu's position on this given that peadar support the bill , Its all well and good being pro life but bringing back Birthright citizenship would be a disaster for Ireland . As it is we cant even cope with our existing population , we may as all just jump into the liffey if birthright citizenship is brought back into this country .
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very disappointed with Peadar Toibin , Carol Nolan and Mattie McGrath for supporting this Bill , I can only assume ignorance on their part , this bill will cause untold damage to this Country. If you think the housing crisis and health system is bad now , if this is passed , we all may as well jump into the Liffey because its game over .
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In the USA and Canada , Birth tourism is a big problem , The Washington Post recently reported about a rapid growth in 'birth tourism' and 'maternity hotels' , in particular , California and New York were particular hot spots . It reported that foreign women who are in the late stages of pregnancy fly to the United States to stay at special "maternity hotels" , give birth and obtain U.S. birth certificates and passports for their newborns , while In Canada , The federal government recently announced that it is investigating birth tourism following the release of a report by Andrew Griffith of Policy Options, a leading policy think-tank in Canada which found that Canada's national statistical office had under-reported Birth Tourism rates by up to 5 times less than actual figures . The report has sparked petitions from MPs to Parliament calling for an end to Birthright citizenship in Canada.
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A CESSPIT,THE FOUNDATION OF DAIL inquent D mockery Ireland.
It's full speed ahead now for this UNelected Govt and Its ALL LIES in
No-Opposition SF. Bills are flying everywhere,from citizenship to assisted death and child gender laws.The writing was on the wall a long time and the mentioned bills are cover for REPLANTATION Eire,
Deaths in Aged Care,and CHILD ABUSE,Mental and Physical.They
arrogently deny referendums on these IMPORTANT ISSUES,you are
NOT IMPORTANT PARENTS.The E U gave the nod when they told
Me hole Martin to replace Hogan with a female.THEY OBLIGED and
Their Gut Less Oppo SF said " NO MEN NEED APPLY ". There is
NO MEN,WITH BALLS,IN THAT HOUSE,why an electorate keeps
Voting in,complaining,vote in again the same DA DA DA illusioned 
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its armageddon paddy , legalised armageddon , write to your TDs that supported this Bill and tell them in no uncertain terms what you think .
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Oct 24 , 6:21 am
BURNING ALL THE BRIDGES - With the help of Pope Francis,Rome,the Vatican and the Catholic Church.What has happened throughout history is very different today.THE FAITHFUL ARE ABANDONED BY CHURCH, the Communists,Satinists,Masonics are all UNited for the defeat of GOD AND FAMILY.They are part of the NEW WORLD ORDER.I do not fear "MAN", a proven LOST SOUL IN ALL OF MANKIND, I RESPECT A "GOD" that is MY POWER OVER mere men. It has always been GOOD V EVIL but today we Live
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Ivaus

Oct 24 , 5:39 am
GUTTER CRIMINALS- BLM ANTIFA,ILLEGAL CRIMINIAL THUGS.THEIR FEAR OF FREE SPEECH IS MENTALLY DERANGED.Not surprised in the least of this COWARDLY ASSULT AT "UN" PLAZA.SOROS FUNDING AND SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS TOO,while they TRY to stifle free speech through UNGOs,MSM,GOVERNMENTS,UN,EU,and ALL PLATFORMS of social media.Lets not forget the takeover of UNiversities by MARXIST commEUNist Yes,the great Fukien Globalist Reset,and the LAW LOOKS ON. It is only a FIRST ROUND put down and THE BR
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dublin lad

Oct 22 , 10:34 am
whats funny about this is the way they are all looking at him , and he's looking at them waiting for a reaction .

dublin lad

Oct 22 , 7:55 am
I find it disturbing that homeless people are killing themselves but all the attention is on better housing for asylum seekers . why do homeless lives not matter a damn to anyone .

lucky

Oct 21 , 9:53 am
nasty . you only have one set of delph , well two if you include baby teeth but why are these people so afraid of free speech , what is it about free speech that terrifies them . are they afraid people might actually think for themselves and use it to express different opinions .

uncle fester

Oct 21 , 8:14 am
Red Terror , the world is being controlled by a Red Terror campaign not seen since the rise of lenin's communist russia in the 1920s

Mr D

Oct 20 , 4:31 pm
anyone who burns down churches like this has no place in civilised society , I hope these people will be brought to justice before the law .
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Mr D

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gav , a lot of these counter protesters are groomed from an early age with Marxist and Trotsky theory . its certainly disappointing to see america unfold in this way . i hope its not the end of america but its not looking good for them or for us here , because its happening here too
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Oct 20 , 3:28 pm
truly shocking . the world is facing a very grim future if these people are going to be our future rulers
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gav

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the poor man . I admire people like Philip Anderson and those who defend free speech .the land of the free is now the land of the commie , the land where speaking your mind can get you hospitalised or in need of medical treatment . shocking .
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