Bertie was right in identifying integration as the single, most important issue that will face us in the coming years.
Paddy O'Gorman was on Pat Kenny's show today; and commented that Ken Livingstone was wrong in portraying the Irish, and Pakistanis, as successful integration examples, in London. O'Gorman thought these two were the least integrated of all nationalities, in England!
I go along with that. Here, the Indians and Pakistanis are the least integrated. They do not partake in the local culture and tradition; and bring in spouses from their country of origin. The UK has many examples of this ghettoisation of cities. It's got so acceptable that British political parties now choose their candidates to reflect this non-integration.
We must not allow this to happen here.
To add to this, the Irish Times of today, carries a statement from a Muslim leader "crriticising religious bias in Ireland" because he says "he lived 20 metres away from a primary school, yet it could not accept his Irish-born son because he was not a Catholic".
Is he aware that the Muslim school in Clonskeagh will not accept non-Muslim kids?
There should be no faith-based schools here. The Archbishop of Dublin has made several statements in favour of non-faith based schools and he should be given support.
Separate a kid in school and you'll separate him/her for life.