Dáil ‘racism row’ further evidence of immigration moving onto political agenda

Noel Grealish asks if Revenue could determine if money sent home by emigrants was proceeds of “crime or fraud”

Noel Grealish said that €8 billion has been sent abroad over the last ten years to countries including Poland, Nigeria, Britain and France. Picture: :RollingNews.ie

There was a hush in the Dáil chamber once TDs figured out what Noel Grealish was saying.

The Independent Galway West TD had previously been roundlycriticised for comments during a public meeting about the now-cancelled direct provision centre in Oughterard, Co Galway, in which he referred to people coming over from Africa “to sponge off the system” in Ireland.

Despite repeated calls on him to withdraw the remarks, he remained silent. He was ...