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Boylan criticizes RTÉ election debate for excluding voices critical of immigration

Independent candidate Niall Boylan, who is voting heavily for an EU Parliament seat for Dublin, has criticized RTÉ for excluding candidates critical of immigration from last night’s prime-time debate.

“A short debate on the most important issue of immigration with all the RTE hand-picked candidates agreeing that immigration is not an issue and the word deportation was avoided at all costs,” Boylan said last night.

“It’s shocking to hear them say there are no restrictions on numbers and they don’t care what you think because there is no one in the debate who disagrees with them,” he posted on X. “None of these candidates care their concerns about migration. he added she.

Last night’s debate featured eight candidates: Barry Andrews, Fianna Fáil MEP; Senator Regina Doherty of Fine Gael; Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD of the Labor Party, Clare Daly MEP of Independents for Change; Bríd Smith TD for Solidarity/PBP; Ciarán Cuffe, Green MEP; Senator Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin and Sinéad Gibney of the Social Democrats.

While there was disagreement over the EU Migration Pact, neither candidate took a tough stance on immigration, despite polls repeatedly showing that the issue is a priority for voters and that a significant majority of the People believe that Ireland has taken in too many refugees.

Boylan had previously posted that “tTonight’s prime-time debate on the EU promises to feature a lineup of establishment candidates, all cut from the same leftist cloth, branding anyone who questions uncontrolled immigration as a right-wing extremist. These eight individuals dismiss our concerns, calling us deluded for recognizing the genuine problems posed by uncontrolled immigration, while insisting that “it is not a problem” and that we, the people, are the problem.”

“RTE had the opportunity to demonstrate impartiality in this crucial debate by including independent and opposition voices, but they chose not to. It is evident that RTE is pushing a left-wing agenda, sidelining anyone who dares to challenge the establishment. “This manipulation is intended to keep successful outsiders hidden from undecided voters, lest someone like me get elected on Friday,” he wrote.

“Despite doing better than most of the eight contenders and candidates, I am excluded because I am not a career politician and will not refrain from using terms such as deportation, illegal immigration or protecting our borders. I would also tell them truths about housing failure, climate alarmism and the cost of living. How can new voices emerge when the national debates, or in this case, the Dublin debates, are monopolized by the same parties that are wreaking havoc on our country?

In an article published this morning in the Irish Times, political correspondent Harry McGee acknowledged that “there were no candidates among the eight who were taking a tough stance against migration, perhaps the biggest problem in this election cycle.

“So, in a sense, we were able to hear only the spectrum of opinions on one side of the argument, even if it was the more human side,” he wrote.

Two of the candidates, Sinéad Gibney and Bríd Smith, opposed any restrictions on immigrants entering the country. Gibney said the expected figure of 30,000 asylum seekers entering the country in 2024 was a small number in the context of a population of more than five million in Ireland. “We don’t have a problem with numbers,” she said, also arguing that the government parties were guilty of “performative cruelty” by talking tough about immigration.

Bríd Smith TD said there was “scaremongering” around the issue and people were fleeing to the first world due to persecution, including being “chronically unemployed” or suffering the effects of climate change. Europe and Ireland have an aging population and should encourage migration from the developing world, he said, arguing against any restrictions on the number of migrants coming to the country.

Ciarán Cuffe MEP also said on the program that there will be an increase in the number of migrants coming to Europe due to climate change and that we need a fair system.

On Twitter, many agreed with Boylan that the debate had excluded alternative voices and points of view.

Others, however, applauded their preferred candidates after the prime-time debate.

Yesterday, Aontú’s Peadar Tóibín said the party “strongly opposed” the EU Migration Pact, saying the government had not explained how much the deal would cost Ireland and that the State was therefore writing a cheque. blank on the cost of the potential venture.

He also advocated a 12-week limit on asylum processing and argued for a maritime border in Ireland which he said was supported by a majority in a recent poll by the Belfast Telegraph.

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