Donegal TD Thomas Pringle spoke recently about the cultural benefits Asylum Seekers will bring to Letterkenny on foot of a new direct provision centre in the town.
While he didn't give any examples or explain what benefits exactly , as someone who has lived with a Direct Provision centre in my own town since 2006 , I can honestly say I haven't felt any cultural or societal benefits from the arrival of asylum seekers some 14 years ago .
Our Country is a beautiful country enriched with its own unique culture , we have our own ancient language dating back 2,500+ years , our own ancient sports , the game of hurling can be traced back around 3000 years , the first written account of the game was in 1272 BC . Our own ancient people , A genealogy study by Trinity College found that 1 in 5 people in Donegal is likely a patrilineal descendent of a single early medieval ancestor while the bulk of the population has largely maintained its pre-Neolithic genetic heritage .
Having Lived with a Direct Provision centre in my own town for many many years . Having seen Thousands of asylum seekers pass through the centre and into the local community . I have not felt any improvement in my Life or any benefit as a result of the centre .
On the other hand , local people have reported difficulties getting their Children into local schools due to increased demand , longer housing waiting lists , long queues in doctors surgeries , longer queuing times in social welfare offices among many other issues . The overall impact of migration in general on our culture is also self evident from the 2016 census which showed that the number of daily Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht fell by 11.2% with Polish now the top spoken language outside of English in homes accross Ireland .
Mr Pringle said Donegal People should give the Asylum Seekers a warm welcome , this is despite the fact that government statistics show most asylum seekers arrive at Dublin Airport from Safe Countries and are not genuine refugees
Are Donegal people prepared to put their own Children's Welfare below that of people who statistics show for the most part are coming here under false pretences , all for the sake of Political Correctness ?.
If people want to come and live in Ireland , the way to do this is through the proper channels , ie apply for a work visa just like Irish people do when we go to live in America , Australia , China etc , we have to apply for work visa and go through the proper channels .
Using the Asylum System as a back door into Ireland needs to stop . Its having a negative impact on communities around Ireland and people should not blindly accept it for the sake of political correctness .