Sinn Féin members appear on track to endorse the Police Service of Northern Ireland at an extraordinary ardfheis in Dublin tomorrow after one of the most intensive consultation exercises with the republican base ever conducted by the party leadership. (The Irish Times)
Rabbitte praises Kenny speech on immigration
Labour leader Pat Rabbitte yesterday described a speech by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny on immigration this week as "thought-provoking" and "powerful" and called for a wider debate on the issue. Miriam Donohoe , Political Staff, reports. (The Irish Times)
Mr Kenny said on Monday that immigrants should be refused entry if they had serious criminal records and deported if they were jailed here for five years or more. Ireland had the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of other countries and to benefit hugely from those who had come to live in Ireland, he said.
Mr Rabbitte said yesterday immigration had the capacity to "greatly enrich Irish society" but only if we "patiently and carefully manage it".
"As I pointed out a year ago, and I am glad that the rest of the political establishment has caught up with me now, there is a necessity for us to patiently manage it and not just regard people coming here as a source of cheap labour."
He agreed with Mr Kenny's proposal for the appointment of a minister of state for immigration and integration. "I have schools in my constituency that have more than 40 nationalities, many who cannot speak English. The teachers are absolutely stretched. There is no provision for the teaching of English, for example."
Taoiseach rules out Killeen having to quit
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said there is no need for Minister of State Tony Killeen to resign because of the controversy surrounding letters from his constituency office to the Department of Justice on behalf of a convicted murderer and a convicted rapist (The Irish Times)
Irish politicians don't resign. Especially those from Fianna Fail, the present Irish Banana Republic government. It's all very well to be making money and a country look like an economical model of free market and labour (by free obviously we mean cheap), but shouldn't you do your job properly too ? In this case, the Minister Killeen for nothing really important tried to interfere with the course of Justice, as ministers and other elected people do to please their constituants, sometimes too hurrily, without even checking what the man he was asking to release was convicted for. Of course he's blaming his staff for improper research but the letter has been signed by him and as a, well, minister, he is king of responsible for his own actions. But that does not really matter because the Taoiseach / Prime Minister said it was not that important, probably as much as what Mr Killen does in government so he doesn't have to resign because, well, ministers don't resign and all that. No harm done, after all. So why bother ? Only the rest of the country has bothered with huge controversy over political responsibility, government efficiency and other stuff like that for 10 days, but that's really media and political opposition business, not government's business. It seems.
Source: The Irish Times