I wish to protest in the strongest possible terms about the disgraceful broadcast this morning on 'Morning Ireland’ and later on The RTÉ Nine o'clock News at the item relating to UKIP in Kent/Britain. This broadcast gave free reign to anti-immigrant sentiments without balance or adequate challenge, with serious implications for Ireland.
RTÉ Nine o'clock News - Video:
Your broadcast titled: “UK Election – Immigration a key issue in election campaign” (Broadcast on: April 22nd, 2015) gave Nigel Farage of UKIP the opportunity to make completely untrue statements about Ireland. This was a typical case of inciting racial hatred and spreading anti-migrant propaganda.
RTÉ effectively ‘imported’ into Ireland racist and anti-migrant views based on a number of untrue information.
In your broadcast Nigel Farage speaks to RTÉ camera about immigrants in Ireland. He says, “Just as you know in Ireland. An unlimited number of people can come. I mean just look at earnings in Dublin. You know, 15 years ago people in Dublin were earning really very good money and now they are not because unlimited over supply of the unskilled labour market drives down the wages. Simple as that”
1. You piece supposed to be about elections in Kent which has nothing to do with Ireland.
2. In his statement Farage refers to wages in Ireland 15 years ago. It is an official fact that between 2000 and 2007 unemployment in Ireland was the lowest since beginning of 1980’s. 2000 and 2007 was also a period of increased migrant numbers coming to Ireland. The GDP per capita (GDP on a purchasing power) also rose between 2000 and 2007.
3. As you have reported in many of your broadcasts, the financial crash and the banking crisis in Ireland in 2007/8 has given a sharp rise to unemployment in a very short period of time.
4. Again, as you have reported in the past, many of the migrant workers in Ireland who lost their jobs returned home or emigrated to other countries.
Official CSO figures and various media reports prove all of the facts above.
You have given a free platform to Nigel Farage and his racist propaganda. Given that the national broadcaster of Ireland airs such views, it has serious implications and risks for the migrants in this country.
Ireland has a proud history of rejecting racism and is one of the few countries in Europe without a large-scale fascist or racist party. Let’s hope it remains so - your broadcast did not help.
We demand that –
· You clarify the facts and figures in Ireland and balance the views of Nigel Farage by airing a similar interview with a pro-immigration person or a migrant.
· You balance this disgraceful broadcast with interviews from the strong anti-UKIP campaign in Kent, which has seriously reduced Nigel Farage's support in the area.
Unemployment Rate in Ireland (Source: CSO)
Inward Immigration migration 000s (Source:Irish Times)
GDP in Ireland (Source: Index Mundi)