Controlled and regulated immigration ought not weaken Gaelic culture and the widely-held belief that we are all republicans by choosing to live in a republic rather than a monarchy, empire or totalitarian state.
It is up to us Irish people of whatever political hue to foster our games, language, music, social past times, local, provincial and national identity as best we can. And I believe we do enjoy and take comfort from promoting our own cultural trditions. If others wish to join us in this, great. If not, I'm afraid we have a problem.
By all means immigrants should be allowed retain their music, national holidays, and languages but if they wish to fit in, adopt Ireland as their new choice of homeland and avail of our kindnesses to them, they ought to make every effort to integrate.......while at the same time not abandoning the cultures of their countries of origin.
P.S.: I do wish you would not use the old Unionist bigoted term of abuse of "the free state" to describe the Republic of Ireland/Eire. You are bigger than that.
Ireand needs a Pinochet style leader who will be able to appoint free market economists to the cabinet.