Angry scenes in Dáil as minister accuses TD of limiting Ukraine’s refugees

A government minister has accused the opposition TD of blocking the arrival of Ukrainian refugees from Ireland.

Departing minister Darragh O’Brien claimed that independent TD Carol Nolan’s talk could “pose a threat to social cohesion”.

He added: “We will without fault take as many Ukrainian citizens fleeing the brutal war that was imposed on them, as we should. We will not impose any limits in this regard.”

Ms Nolan, an independent TD for Laos Offali, described the minister’s response as outrageous and outrageous.

The row – in which Mr O’Brien repeatedly poked his finger at Nolan and threatened to suspend the House – erupted at 12.25 pm.

Ms Nolan asked, “Has the government done any assessment on the state’s ability to house its own citizens, in light of the huge increase in inward immigration, international security and asylum applications”.

She said: “The numbers coming into Ireland now stand at 1,500 per month. I know this is a difficult and sensitive issue, and we must proceed with caution if we are to avoid blaming people who at least deserve it.” needed.

“However, I believe that if we do not find a way to search in an adult, practical and creative way between this state and the unstable levels of inward migration or asylum in housing, we will never be able to find a meaningful solution. . to an already enormous crisis. ”

He called for the system to be “more robust and fair to all, citizens and non-citizens alike”, referring to media reports of an increase of 700 pcs in one category of immigration alone and an unnamed Fine Gail TD report. Stating that the effect of the UK government’s Rwanda policy was “a running train was coming down the track at us, and we have no way of stopping it”.

Ms Nolan put it to Mr O’Brien: “All of this means that Ireland’s ability to provide minimal emergency housing and shelter to its citizens and indeed those fleeing war is being seriously undermined.

“We can no longer bury our heads in the sand when it comes to these issues. Our political system must find a way to talk about these issues maturely and openly without any fear. The minister would have known that, in May, the government was warned that the influx of tens of thousands of refugees posed a threat to social unity and integration, especially in disadvantaged communities. ,

She suggested that the “barely working immigration system” be “brought under control.”

Mr O’Brien replied: “I respectfully suggest that the deputy’s remarks this afternoon pose a threat to social unity.” Ms Nolan immediately protested, saying: “It’s outrageous.”

Michael Healy-Rae TD said the minister was “running from himself”. Meanwhile, Matty McGrath, leader of the Rural Independent group, said: “The problem is over,” referring to government benches.

Despite Ms Nolan continuing to brand them “disrespectful”, Mr O’Brien referred to the government’s response to “our friends of Ukraine”, adding: “We will not introduce any caps in that regard.

“Our housing response (to Ukraine) is in addition to the housing policy for all,” he said. “Let us be very clear; There is no blurring of lines here.”

Ms Nolan said: “The ego is unbelievable.”

The minister said that he wanted to ask him a direct question. “Does she support this state to provide refuge and safe harbor to the citizens of Ukraine who are fleeing a brutal war?”

Ms. Nolan said she had asked the minister the question. “Is the minister questioning the opposition now?” He asked.

He insisted that the delivery of housing for people as a result of the influx of Ukrainian refugees had an impact, with Michael Healy-Rae saying: “Of course there is.”

Sen Comhaire threatened that the House would be suspended if the people did not allow the minister to reply.

Mr O’Brien then said: “Deputy Nolan has walked a very fine line here this afternoon.

“She’s effectively calling for a cap on immigration and asylum-seekers in this country. Let’s be clear. I’m calling this out. That’s what she’s asking for.”

“We will not support it. We will not support a cap on Ukrainians who come here, who have through no fault of their own fled from the war imposed on them. ,

It posed challenges, he acknowledged, but the Irish people realize it. “It is a welcoming country,” he said.

“Throughout our history as a people, we’ve had to look for safe harbors all over the world. We’ve been treated very badly in some of those countries. We won’t let that happen here in Ireland.”

She asked whether Ms Nolan wanted to differentiate between the different groups that came here, a question she described as “absolutely outrageous”.

Matty McGrath said the government made a difference.

Ms Nolan responded: “The minister’s remarks are absolutely outrageous, as is his reckless policy.

“Is the minister saying we welcome everyone, only leaving them to sleep on the hotel floor for years? That’s what he’s saying. How careless has his government been.

“How dare he misrepresent what I have said. I asked him very direct questions. We have a housing crisis. The situation is unstable. It would be nice to be able to give everyone a home. The minister must get off his high horse, face and listen to reality and facts.

“I want to clarify that I do not want to see anyone fleeing war or actual persecution sleeping on a hotel floor for years. Nor do I see families in Laos/Offali left without housing, housing I want to see less than 10 years in the list.How dare the minister answer me like this and misrepresent what I have said.

“It would be better for the minister to do his job as he is failing miserably. He is failing Irish citizens. He is also failing his people and immigrants. ,

Mr. O’Brien replied: “Here we go again. I would encourage people to read the record of what Deputy Nolan said in his opening question.

“People will be able to make up their mind whether she is distinguishing between our own Irish people, to understand the deputy, and those who are coming here to seek safe harbor and asylum. We are people coming here from Ukraine. There will be no limit on the number of