As to the “stop immigration becasue we have a housing crisis” argument, as a newcomer here i’ve seen people from this thread say that we don’t have a housing crisis, just a supply of underused housing - which is true to a point. But you can’t have it both ways. Take the recent example of Galway, about 5 student appropriate accomodation options for rent in September but 100s of AirBnBs short term rentals. You tackle that issue, and you quickly free up massive stock with a resulting drop in rents which was evidenced at the outset of the pandemic. The fact it’s not being properly tackled is a mssive stain on FF/FG.
Agreed that house prices on the other hand rocketing in all western/developed countries alright, but some of the most obsence examples are Australia and NZ which you simply cannot blame on immigration.
Ireland has the abililty to create the infrasturcture to absorb large levels of immigration across the country and to potentially reenergise some rural communities if the Gov of the day had the ability to do it. The fact this country cannot look beyond Dublin and the massive issues resultng from this is down to policy, not immigration.
And finally as for Coco calling me a “traitor to Ireland” for not being so wilfully ignorant as to say this country wouldn’t almost come to a standstill if it had zero immigration, that is simply a fact. You cannot reduce the workforce to that point and expect it to function as it currently does - there’s a fairly straight forward case study playing out in real time next door to evidence this.
There appears from this thread to be a fairly clear underlying distinction as to what immigrants are somewhat welcome and those that are not.