This post from Declan Lynch in reponse to my post 'Nigerians love Ireland - and why not?'
Over to you Declan:
My parents were both born and got married in Ireland. I was born in Ireland and have an Irish passport. I lived Canada for 5 years as a result of my dads job and came back to Ireland about 1.5 years ago. I applied to several universities in Ireland and got accepted.Now to pay EU fees you have to meet three requirements.
Basically they are:1. Irish/EU Citizen OR REFUGEE STATUS2. Lived in Ireland 3 out of last 5 years.Unfortunately I fail the 3 out of 5 year residence rule. So instead of €4000pa I have to pay €20 000 (UPFRONT!!!)pa. I can see the logic behind it - my parents weren't paying tax over to the Irish government so I shouldn't have a subsidized education. What makes me mad is that half [Half??? 2% more likley]these refugees don't pay tax and infact have a negative effect on the country's income because they collect welfare.
Plenty of them have lived in Ireland for the last 3 years but my residence in Ireland before that time is way more extensive. I don't believe the ones that work pay that much tax over anyway. However, they can gladly take a place at the university and pay EU rates. I'm not going to university this year.
Well done Mrs President they wouldn't have half these opportunities in their country of origin but you seem intend on handing over the whole of Ireland on a plate to make their lives comfortable!I'm a great student and would contribute to Ireland's economy probably on a much larger scale than they would. Where are the priorities with government expenditure?
Why do the Irish pay tax yet a large number of resources go to non-Irish? Who gave government consent to be so generous to other nationalities with Irish tax payers' money?Thats why Nigerians love Ireland so much, they get given everything their country couldn't give them BUT in the process some of the resources are taken away from people who have more of a claim to it.I'm not going to wait the three year rule out. Unfortunately, I didn't consider this problem and didn't apply to any non-Irish universities.
I will apply to start at a uni in Canada next year."
Truly scandalous. A few comments: He's dead right when he asks 'who gave the Government permission to squander our resources on non-Irish? Exactly. It happens because a self-appointed cabal of peecee thought police have rendered a whole range of topics as outside the bounds of discussion. Even a politician/party brave enough to raise it would be destroyed, not least by being denied the oxygen of publicity.
Net effect here, Ireland's loss is Canada's gain. Future generations will scratch their heads in wonder at how we made this happen.