A question of political judgment

Ellie Kisyombe, the asylum seeker and local election candidate, needs to set the record straight on alleged discrepancies in her backstory. But we also need to ask ourselves what really matters when we judge her

3rd March, 2019
Ellie Kisyombe, the Social Democrats’ local election candidate for Dublin’s north inner city area Picture: Fergal Phillips

She came to Europe from Africa, seeking asylum. She integrated well, became an outspoken critic of social policy, and entered politics. And then it emerged that she had lied about her backstory.

By then, the Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali was a member of parliament in the Netherlands and a Dutch citizen, and had an international reputation as a strident critic of Islam. In the face of the controversy, she resigned from parliament and the justice...

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