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If the mass protests against the asylum accommodation site in East Wall have proven anything, it is that when a community reacts spontaneously against something being imposed upon them that it can very quickly lead to a change in the political discourse.

While unaccountable NGO bosses in the migrant business like Irish Refugee Council CEO Nick Henderson can claim that people in East Wall or Wicklow or Breaffy have no right to a say in what happens with regard to these matters; and while celebrity leftist icons like Panti Bliss can dismiss most of the entire community as racists, those who depend on peoples votes have already conducted a spectacular volte face.

When residents first brought the moving of the young migrant men into the premises to attention last Friday, they were told by local Fine Gael TD Pascal Donohoe that the decision had been made and that it was government policy and that the refugees, who it was implied were Ukrainian women and children would be there for at least 12 months.

Other local representatives, including Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald did not respond to emails from constituents. The brother of another Sinn Féin Dublin TD ludicrously posted an old photo showing a person giving a Nazi salute claiming that it was taken at the protest in East Wall on Saturday. Not only was the photo taken at another location but it is strongly believed that even then it was one of a number of similarly staged photos organised to tar protestors at events which took place during the lockdown.

Kerry Sinn Féin councillor Cathal Foley responded to an Irish Times report referring to local concerns over safety with a tweet that it is hard to imagine his own party leader approving of. Given that it was the same inner city Dubs for whom he clearly has some degree of contempt who voted for her in huge numbers in 2020.

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