Mr Varad­kar, don’t in­sult the hard work­ing Ir­ish cit­i­zens

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION - Yours sin­cerely Thomas M. Harpur Ross Cot­tage, Castle­maine

SIR,

Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar has told the Dáil that im­mi­grants are “more likely to be work­ing than the av­er­age Ir­ish per­son and more likely to be pay­ing tax”.

The fol­low­ing is my re­sponse, in let­ter form, to Mr Varad­kar:

‘Sir, I for one find this in­sult­ing, the Ir­ish peo­ple, in gen­eral have worked re­lent­lessly for their fam­i­lies and by ex­ten­sion the coun­try, the vast ma­jor­ity, pay their taxes.

‘Peo­ple have lost their homes, due to re­ces­sion, yet they lan­guise in a ho­tel room with their chil­dren.

‘Yes, there are those who through no fault of their own can’t work, due to ill­ness or dis­abil­ity and yes their are a num­ber who think the coun­try owes them a liv­ing and won’t seek work, even though they are fully ca­pa­ble. Sir, there will be a num­ber of mi­grants with the same view.

‘Some Ir­ish peo­ple, if lucky, they can get a low pay­ing job, some­times with very lit­tle guar­an­teed weekly hours, they take these jobs, rather than be a bur­den on the state, even though on such low hours they will never af­ford their own home.

‘Sir, these are the peo­ple your re­mark in­sults, the vot­ers of this coun­try.

‘A re­trac­tion of this re­mark and an apol­ogy is needed, never mind Par­li­men­tary priv­i­lege.’

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