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    Congalltee Congalltee is offline

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    Baffling and/or bonkers: what aspects of Irish life do foreigners find bewildering?

    1) a first world health system, but a 3rd world A&E system to get into it.
    2) rent inflation, poor tenant rights, obsession about ownership
    3) baptism barrier in schools.
    4) Good Friday drinking ban.
    5) having a homelessness crisis with over 250,000 empty properties.
    6) that thevirush language is the first official language but it is rarely heard in a natural setting outside of a few small areas
    7) why FG and FF both exist.
    8) That we didn't riot or hold a national strike during savage cuts to public services from Lenihan/Noonan and that we're now blasť about not collecting Apple money.

    [please add, elaborate, [don"t] tell them to go back home if they don't like it, suggest improvements etc]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    1) a first world health system, but a 3rd world A&E system to get into it.
    2) rent inflation, poor tenant rights, obsession about ownership
    3) baptism barrier in schools.
    4) Good Friday drinking ban.
    5) having a homelessness crisis with over 250,000 empty properties.
    6) why FG and FF both exist.
    [please add, elaborate, tell them to go back home if they don't like it, suggest improvements etc]
    a 3rd world health system :no its not
    tenants have more rights than they ever had
    baptism is not a barrier more spin
    good friday drinking ban is a loads of bollocks
    are all these properties situated in Cork , Dublin , Galway , Limerick?thats where the main problem is .
    FG and FF exist because they are the political parties that people vote for .
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    I know Ibrahim's dad finds equal marriage baffling.
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    Buying rounds. It horrifies them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    1) a first world health system, but a 3rd world A&E system to get into it.
    2) rent inflation, poor tenant rights, obsession about ownership
    3) baptism barrier in schools.
    4) Good Friday drinking ban.
    5) having a homelessness crisis with over 250,000 empty properties.
    6) that thevirush language is the first official language but it is rarely heard in a natural setting outside of a few small areas
    7) why FG and FF both exist.
    [please add, elaborate, [don"t] tell them to go back home if they don't like it, suggest improvements etc]
    A fundamental list of what is wrong in the state
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    Mick Mac Mick Mac is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordie Northsider View Post
    Buying rounds. It horrifies them.
    The furriner is tight with the money and they can't hold more than 9 pints.

    Sad, bigly.
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    How it is that the most useless, stupid, and thuggish get on in life, while the able and capable are set on by bands of wild and vicious country boys and girls.
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    Congalltee Congalltee is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fractional Reserve View Post
    a 3rd world health system :no its not
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    Please reread what I wrote about A&E
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    A bizarre deference to the legal profession, who in other countries are generally considered with skepticism. The IMF couldn't get over that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    1) a first world health system, but a 3rd world A&E system to get into it.
    2) rent inflation, poor tenant rights, obsession about ownership
    3) baptism barrier in schools.
    4) Good Friday drinking ban.
    5) having a homelessness crisis with over 250,000 empty properties.
    6) that thevirush language is the first official language but it is rarely heard in a natural setting outside of a few small areas
    7) why FG and FF both exist.
    [please add, elaborate, [don"t] tell them to go back home if they don't like it, suggest improvements etc]
    That we let hundreds of thousands of them in the door with no thought as to how to provide jobs, schools + hospitals and most importantly HOUSES

    - to accommodate them all.....


    Irish Politicians and The Nice Treaty - what they really said:

    "It is a disgraceful xenophobic myth that there will be a threat of a flood of migrant workers coming to Ireland. A wilful effort has been made by the National Platform and the No to Nice Campaign organisation to raise the spectre of a wave of immigrants coming to our shores. This is the worst and most unworthy objection I have heard to the Nice treaty; it is most "un-Irish" and speaks volumes about the level at which some are willing to conduct political debate. It is a shameful and distasteful piece of propaganda.
    Xenophobic fears have been raised before. When Ireland was joining the EEC in 1973, the same National Platform warned of foreign skilled workers taking Irish jobs. False fears of mass movements of people at the time of previous enlargements were also raised, but, as we know from the Spanish and Portuguese enlargement, these fears did not materialise. There is no credible reason to believe enlargement will be accompanied by large movements of people. All the evidence points in the opposite direction".


    Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (Mr. Roche); 12th September 2002

    There is no reason to believe... that large numbers of workers will wish to come"
    [Minister for Europe Dick Roche, I.T. Letters, 12/7/2002].

    "Ireland will be in precisely the same position as all other member states on the question of free movement following any enlargement of the Community".
    [Dick Roche, as reported in the Irish Times, September 2002].

    "It is the view of the Irish Government and a number of other governments that this idea that there is going to be a huge influx of immigrants is just not supported. The evidence is just not there for it. They are not going to flood to the west. The same rules are going to apply in all 15 states. There is no evidence to suggest that the people of the Czech Republic or Poland are less anxious to stay in their home as we are.
    [Dick Roche, transcript of interview with The Irish Catholic, 19/9/2002].
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