The tone on this board has really changed for the worse this past week. Day in, day out, we've people calling for immigration controls to be imposed on fellow EU citizens, particularly from Eastern Europe.
What about human and financial traffic in the other direction. Over the past ten years, thousands of Irish people have bought holiday homes abroad. Why is this not an issue?
Take Spain - the Irish/British craze for suburban development has been exported and huge swaths of land have been covered in Irish-owned McMansions. Their occupants spend a few weeks a year out in their home, don't bother to learn the local language, avail of health and other services without paying tax to support these, and establish parallel societies that have little to do with the majority culture and community.
Take Germany - the wealthier, cowboy Irish middle-class types are now buying up housing associations and hiking up the traditionally low rents of tenants. In cities where 80 percent of households lived in rented accommodation, Irish speculators are now trying to export the idea of home ownership and pressurising tenants to buy out or get out.
Bulgaria - speculative Irish types are invading the country and buying up coastal resorts and properties to build houses for Irish customers. Will these double homeowners learn Bulgarian? Like hell they will. Instead, they'll move in and demand that services be provided to them in English like they have done in Spain.
Croatia - Irish owners have bought up the historic city centre of Dubrovnik, the former owners moving out to the outskirts of the city. During the summer, there are Irish people everywhere, demanding and expecting to have everything presented to them in English. In the winter, they're all back home, leaving their homes boarded up and empty, and as a consequence, leaving the centre of Dubrovnik lifeless.
Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary - the Irish are all there, really pissing off the locals with their crude, capitalist, speculative, arrogant behaviour.
A motto for the Ireland of the "we've got a holiday home abroad" - I came, I saw, and I bought the whole flippin' lot.