Race and Immigration in the New Ireland
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Introduction: Ireland’s New Strangers
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Ireland has had a long and complex relationship with the stranger.The trope of the stranger in the house has functioned as shorthand for the colonial presence in Ireland, regularly surfacing in literary and political discourse to invoke hostility toward and to demand the expulsion of an outsider inside. Writing in response to the Penal Laws,...
1. Immigration in Ireland: A Keynote Address by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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I would like to begin with the issue of Irish identity.1 Let me share with you a lesson I learned when I said, in an emotional evening on the night I was elected as president of Ireland, that I would place a light in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin for all of those who had had to emigrate from Ireland over the years, over the decades. I learned about the...
2. An Interview with Pablo Rojas Coppari of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
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The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. The organization focuses on participation and empowerment of migrants through action groups; training migrants in leadership, media relations, and lobbying the state; and educational outreach to the community through creative projects that convey is-...
3. (M)other Ireland: Migrant Women Subverting the Racial State?
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Let me begin with two, seemingly unrelated stories. On July 23, 2004, a badly decomposed body, described by the media as that of “a black non-national woman,” was discovered in a black plastic bag on a riverbank in Kilkenny. Because she arrived as an asylum seeker in 2000 and,like all asylum seekers, had been fingerprinted, gardaí identified the...
4. Racism in the Six Counties
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When in 2006 the Sunday Tribune asked, “Has Peace Made Us the Race Hate Capital of the World?,”1 the question encapsulated a particular moment in the evolution of the dynamic between race and the Northern Ireland state. The “us” was post– Good Friday Agreement...
5. The Linguistic Challenge of Multicultural Ireland: Managing Language Diversity in Irish Schools
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Language differences are among the most difficult challenges for new settlers and receiving societies alike. Lack of necessary language skills can limit economic opportunity, access to social resources (shops, banks, the media), and the negotiation of societal institutions (education and health care facilities). Proficiency in the language or languages...
6. The Irish Language in Twenty-First-Century Ireland: Exploring Legislative and Policy Protections North and South
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Between 1999 and 2007, over 650,000 people immigrated to Ireland. Among those immigrating were returning Irish nationals, UK nationals, economic migrants, political refugees, and asylum seekers.1 The pull factor was economic. Successful industrial relations and good investment incentives during this boom period made Ireland a viable location...
7. Integration Through Sport: The Gaelic Athletic Association and the New Irish
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That Ireland has changed since the mid-1990s is indisputable. Outward emigration all but ceased for a period, peace came to the North, prosperity arrived in the Republic and then faded once more, and, for the first time in the history of the state, Ireland experienced large-scale immigration. The effect of the New Irish has been felt in all areas...
8. Reflections on Race in Contemporary Ireland
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Any reflection on the category “race” in the contemporary world is inevitably framed by the cumulative layers of meanings and practices attached to bodies and cultures over the previous centuries. If the idea of race resembles anything, it is a palimpsest,1 with past interpretations leaking through to make the ink of the present run. Accordingly...
9. Conclusion: Ireland, Immigration, and the Ethics of Memory
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In a dinner party scene in Irving Welsh’s short 2007 film Nuts, which features a caustic view of Celtic Tiger Ireland, one of the characters remarks with a casual certitude that the Irish can’t be racist: “How can we be? We’re the original economic migrants.” To which another guest counters, in case the parallels with the past are too close for comfort...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth