At a public meeting in Glencrow hall over the planned Direct Provision centre in Moville on Friday, the 16th of November, Brian Flanagan introduced himself as the man who set-up the Irish Refugee Council back in 1992.
But, he told Eugene Banks, the Principal Officer from RIA (the Reception & Integration Agency) and other representatives, he was driven out of the Irish Refugee Council "because of people doing what you guys are doing — Imposing on the Irish nation and imposing on this community."
Flanagan asked whether the local community had any rights what-so-ever other than meeting in a hall like this?
He also made reference to Fine Gael's Ireland 2040 project — a plan to increase the population of Ireland by a million people by 2040 and double the population of every city outside of Dublin. He said last night's meeting was set against that decision.
"We're going to have an extra million people before 2040 and that's not going to come from [the] indigenous population."
Destroying community, nationalism and faith
Flanagan asked where the million people are going to be coming from and whether the replacement migration project had been decided at a higher level in Brussels.
He concluded "Brussels, we're informed by MEPs, are dead set on destroying community, nationalism and faith. Quite set on that. No question about it."
David Stanton blasted
The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, was blasted by public representatives and texters to Highland radio this week for his failure to consult with locals over his plans to turn Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville into a Direct Provision for asylum seekers.
Up to one hundred asylum seekers will start arriving in the village in two weeks time but nobody was notified until Friday, the 9th of November — the day the contract was signed.
They will increase the population by 7% which is currently between 1,300 and 1,400 people.
Highland Radio took calls from local councillors and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn who issued concerns over infrastructure, school capacity, health services, language barriers, supervision in terms Gardai numbers and fire safety in the hotel.
One question that was repeatedly asked was whether the asylum seekers were even vetted and how were Moville residents to know they were safe.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said the complete lack of consultation and preparation was absolutely unacceptable and he had conveyed to the Dept of Justice that he was very unhappy.
He said RIA were going to have to come up to Moville and hold a public meeting to answer questions from the community who had been treated very badly, which they then agreed to do last night.
Video originally published on 16 Nov 2016 and credited to Gearóid Murphy on twitter
I'm Brian Flanagan.
I came over because I set up the Irish Refugee Council back in '92.
[undecipherable]...concern...to do something...took out a bank loan, supplied the furniture for the premises.
But I got driven out of it because of people doing what you guys are doing: Imposing on the Irish nation and imposing on this community.
This..is there any...does the local community have any rights what-so-ever other than meeting in a hall like this?
That's the first question.
Tonight is set against the decision taken in February this year to increase the population of a million (Mr Varadkar said).
We're going to have an extra million people before 2040 and that's not going to come from [the] indigenous population.
Where are they coming from and was this decision taken at a higher level in Brussels?
Because Brussels, we're informed by MEPs, are dead set on destroying community, nationalism and faith.
Quite set on that. No question about it.
Facts about asylum
- Since 2008, around 10% of all asylum claims are granted in Ireland but 80% of failed asylum seekers are never deported.
- The government has an alleged undeclared scheme referred to by asylum lawyers as "the scheme that doesn't exist" giving failed asylum seekers and illegals permission to stay in Ireland if they have been here for five years. They are then entitled to bring their family over using the family reunification program.
- In 2017, a bill passed in the senate which paves the way for refugees to bring grandparents, cousins, nephews, nieces and siblings to Ireland by expanding the scope of the family reunification programme again. NGOs had pushed for the bill to pass.
- A Leaked Open Society document suggested NGOs in Ireland are being funded to lobby the government to increase migrant citizenships and to politically mobilise those migrants.
- David Stanton told the Dáil that before the old Family Reunification program for refugees was altered, one refugee had applied to bring in 70 of their family members under this expanded family reunification programme before. The average number per application was 20.