Republican News · Thursday 18 May 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Dublin march against racism

Dublin city councillor Larry O'Toole and Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle Member Aengus Ó Snodaigh at the well-attended Anti-Racism march in Dublin on Saturday 13 May 2000.

Speaking on the platform, Ó Snodaigh said that the ``Frank Dunlops of this world are a bigger threat to Irish emocracy and the econpomy than any influx of asylum seekers.

He was critical of the the media and government's anti-immigrant stance.

``I don't see the Department of Justice rushing to get snatch squads together to swoop on the bribers of this state, the property speculators, or the so-called democratic politicians who willingly and enthusiastically accepted the bribes. Those people are a bigger threat than all the asylum seekers in the world would ever be. They are, in fact, the reason we have the housing crisis today, because instead of concentrating on society's future needs they were more interested in lining their own pockets.

``There wouldn't be a `problem' if the government dealt with all the people on this island as human beings; that includes the settled community, the Travelling Community and those who've come to our shores to seek sanctuary and a better life. Every adult should have the right to work, the right to housing and the right to a decent standard of living, whether they are awaiting immigration processing or not, whether they are Irish are not.''

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