I saw a comment years ago that alleged one or more of the more Irish waste companies regularly flies in their bin crews from one of the more Eastern European EU member states on a weekly basis.
I have noted since then the very capable and nice fellows who collect the bins on certain routes rarely appear to fall into the category as native born, but that does not prove that they are flown in or not but it raises questions.
I include this as a historical anecdote because there may be a developing scandal whereby Irish companies flying fruit-pickers into the state could utterly up end the entire credibility of the regimes usurpation of constitutional rights and virtual house arrest for the most vulnerable, in a do as we say now, not as we do type affair.
Peadar Tóibín @Toibin1
It has been reported to me that an empty Ryanair flight was sent to Bulgaria & returned home with 187 workers holding letters to pick fruit in North Dublin. Also that the workers had no medical examination or risk assessment when they landed. I have asked the gov to investigate.
I’ve seen comments on Twitter that you’re racist to complain about this. Aren’t Bulgarians Caucasian? The same race as most Irish? Even if they aren’t we haven’t seen the actual pickers, they could be any race. It doesn’t matter except that because we don’t know the race the objections are not based on race.
The fake left is eating itself. The champagne socialists did a huge amount of work for the neolibs.
Profit motive at work, welcome to capitalism
Ive heard the same issues raised about fruit and veg in the UK
As a young lad i did those types of jobs. They are all gone as the foreign workers work for less than locals can accept. Givernment were also handing out HGV truck work permits to non EU workers until very recently
I grew up in North Dublin and spent a lot of time hanging out in those fruit growing areas - Skerries, Donabate, Rush etc. I can remember special trains full of inner city workers (mainly teenagers) coming out from Amiens Street Station to pick the fruit and veg. This went on until the early to mid-70s as far as I can recall…
The workers usually live rather densely packed in local accommodation in one or more north Dublin rural towns. Perfect conditions for disease spread. They are around each other 24/7 at work and at play. Flown in and with daily private coach to and from work everyday.
Imagine if you were an investigative journalist who needed to follow up on this story and visit one of these locations, right now the lock down would prevent you.
Keelings may find their shelf product has become radioactive overnight. Dunnes are a big buyer, least we forget the protest by Dunnes workers regards South Africa produce in the 80s.
There is a case they the locals are more likely to pass it onto the bulgarians as covids cases in bulgaria are much lower. No surprise to anyone who has been to bulgaria. Decades of soviet control and the local cultural norms will do that to you. the buulgarian gov should be up in arms.
It’s four legs bad two legs good - whose freedom of movement is more free.
This is the same issue Harris and Gov lost the public on a long time ago. Ryanair just delivered a massive dose of fuel to further fame the flames of the bonfire of cognitive dissonance that has further enraged a complaint and lockdown public.