Opinion

Shane Coleman: Irish politics shifting to the right as migration dominates debate

With four weeks to go until the local and European elections, parties and candidates advocating a tougher line on migrants are finding succour among voters

An early morning operation to remove tents which were pitched by asylum seekers along a stretch of the Grand Canal, Dublin. Picture: PA

If you’re not paying particular attention to the upcoming local and European elections, maybe now’s a good time to do so. Because there’s a nagging sense that politics here is on the cusp of a major shift.

It’s true local and European elections rarely matter a great deal.

The odd time they do deliver such a bloody nose to a government that it prompts a major policy rethink, as happened in 2004 with disastrous economic ...