Kevin Sharkey wants to talk about immigration and have an honest fair discussion on it! At the moment there is too much of a consensus on immigration, that it is all entirely positive and that anyone who points out flaws in mass immigration is labelled, racist, bigot, etc. To get to the truth and reality, the comfy consensus must always be challenged. As we can see, our MSM present biased coverage of the debate, if there is even one in this country, presenting overwhelming voices that are pro Immigration. Between the Media, the Acedemia and the State, there are very few dissident viewpoints. Kevin Sharkey wants to challenge this comfy consensus and bring a real debate on this issue.
Sharkey, the artist, who is running for president, spoke about the impact of immigration.
"We are not a big country and in 20 years time, at the rate we are going, we have places in Ireland now where there are people who are feeling they no longer have a choice, no longer have a say.
"I'm not against immigration. Look at Australia, they have a beautiful system there, If you are contributing, if you have a trade that we need and you can support yourself you are welcome.
"We should have an honest open dialogue about it without being shut down and called racist."
Ironically liberals will call Kevin Sharkey racist for stating this! Perhaps they have a case of white liberal privilege and want to shut the black man down for getting at the truth! Morality is not simply a black and white issue liberals, but a nuanced complex issue that has many issues to it. Is it moral that Irish Citizens have to pay through taxation for people who simply arrived here, some of which do not contribute?
"We have a history of being generous and kind, we have a history of helping people and sometimes word gets out. It would be lovely to think that everyone contributes but I think we have shifted over to this grey area of we are Europeans now, we are not Irish and to say that you are proud to be Irish is now seen almost as... some people would call you racist. It's crazy." It is also immoral, as because we are welcoming and generous people, we are seen by the people in power to be taken advantage of. The virtue signallers will easily give you the coat off someone else's back!
"I've seen the effect of the good and the bad sides of immigration, you know, how it helps a country to grow and develop. And also how sometimes it puts a strain on the resources. We are a very small country and I have spent a long time wondering at what point do we say 'we need to start looking after Irish people as a priority'.
"People talk about the housing crisis in Ireland. I don't think it is so much of a housing crisis, I think it is a priority crisis.
"The armed forces are underfunded, the hospitals, the housing situation... it is very difficult to explain to people why you are not in a priority position if you are Irish. Why we are seen, more and more, as a go-to destination."
"It's great when people come to Ireland and contribute and respect our culture but I think when you go to other places like the UK you start to see that without proper integration the idea of multiculturalism can end up in ghettos.
"It matters to me very much that in 200 years, Ireland is still Ireland. I think they way we are at the moment I worry that that is not going to be the case.
Ireland had "fallen into this politically correct speech and people are censoring themselves when they really should be able to have an honest dialogue." And that is the important issue! We need free speech to have debate in this country to have a return to facts, common sense and moderation! If you don't have a real debate you end up with ludicrous comment like Eamon Ryan saying bring 10 million people to Ireland! And it goes unchallenged! This is not tolerance people, this is simply madness, all hint of common sense left at the door of Leinster House! Next Eamon Ryan will have his Great Leap Forward project at hand, sure it worked for Mao!
In relation to older people and those who come to this country, Mr Sharkey said: "Can we not do both? I would love to think we could do both but I don't see that happening. I see this shift towards the European experiment, taking orders from unelected officials in Brussels.
"What I have concluded is what is really going on is Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming. They are not going to end up in Dublin 4."
"If we don't protect our future, if we don't protect what we have, what has made us Irish, we won't be Irish in 200 years."