Fintan O’Toole: How Ireland is dis-integrating
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Fintan O’Toole: How Ireland is dis-integrating
Fintan O’Toole: How Ireland is dis-integrating

‘The Irish Times revealed recently that 80 per cent of immigrant children are already concentrated in just 23 per cent of primary schools’

Ireland is dis-integrating. A decade ago, the challenge of integrating an unprecedented wave of migrant families loomed large on the official policy agenda. Now, we are sleepwalking into segregation. The tragedy is we’re doing this through what has been the best part of our response to immigration – the education system. Here, as in so many areas of Irish life, the decency and energy of citizens and communities is undermined by the State’s neglect.

The arrival of large numbers of Poles, Brazilians, Nigerians, Latvians and even Brits to work and live in Ireland is the most startling change to have happened in Ireland in my lifetime. It was a breach in the natural order of things – going to Ireland to get a job was like going to Saudi Arabia for the beer. In a society as white as sliced pan and as Catholic as a convent, it was social change in its most visible and audible form. A street in any town became a kaleidoscope of faces. The top of the bus became a Tower of Babel. Of course, every European society has experienced the same thing, but in Ireland it all happened with incredible alacrity. Before, a foreigner was typically just one of us with an accidental English accent. After, one in eight of us was born “outside Ireland” in a much bigger sense. It was a dramatic shift. (...)

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RE: Fintan O’Toole: How Ireland is dis-integrating
The Irish leave Ireland, foreigners move in, educational standards drop to an abysmal level, more Irish leave. Ireland - over and out.

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2015 Mar 25 10:34

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