#ThereIsNoRoom – #IrelandForTheIrish – #IrishLivesMatter – are some of the signs carried by anti-Muslim immigration protesters marching in Dublin. Organizers say that this rally shatters the taboo about questioning Ireland’s welcome for unvetted Muslim asylum seekers and migrant-wannabes.
The Guardian Ireland has long prided itself on greeting visitors with warmth, styling itself the land of “a hundred thousand welcomes”, but now there is a new slogan: #IrelandIsFull. It appears on placards and on social media and is chanted at rallies alongside other exhortations such as #IrelandForTheIrish and #IrishLivesMatter.
Ireland is facing a dual crisis. Many Irish people cannot afford to rent or buy homes, leading to overcrowding, homelessness and anger. Simultaneously, the system to accommodate asylum seekers and refugees is near collapse.
They are the cry of an anti-Muslim immigrant backlash that has spread across Dublin and other towns in recent weeks, earning praise from conservative allies abroad.