Red C Poll

Anti-immigration feeling slowly becoming major political issue

Our Red C poll suggests that the housing and cost of living crises are creating fear and resentment around welcoming refugees – and that this will affect the next election

Refugee issue: Residents from the East Wall Road area of Dublin protest against an asylum-seeker accommodation centre. Picture:

Céad mile fáilte, a hundred thousand welcomes. The average Irish citizen is justifiably proud of the renowned welcoming nature of the Irish to visitors and those who have come to make their life here.

This welcoming nature, our own history of emigration and the fact that Ireland simply was not a major destination for immigrants in the past has meant that, unlike in Britain, immigration has never been a major political issue here at election ...