Monday, 4 February 2013

Begging in Dublin... guaranteed Irish

I have long held the view that racism is deeply institutionalised in Ireland.  And when something is institutionalised it means that very few people even notice it.  It permeates all levels of society, from judges to down-and-outs.  

Having lived outside Ireland for many years  - too few, in retrospect  -  I can honestly say that I've never seen someone begging on the streets and trumpeting their nationality in hope of favour.  

The pic below was seen in The Irish Times, Friday, February 1st.

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Ella said...

Unbelievable! Is he looking for "spare money" because he is primarily Irish or primarily homeless. I hope people donate because he is homeless and not because he is Irish.

The Gombeen Man said...

Agreed, Ella.

DC3 said...

Ah GM the poor devil. Give him some credit for honesty and purity of thought.

You put your finger on it Gombeen Man, in one sense though, if you want to understand the Irish you first must understand ritualism and institutionalism. They're a cowardly pagan lot GM, that have recently found a natural home in a misguided form of Political Correctness. They do prejudice well in Ireland, and always have. That's just the way they are. The lad in your post GM broke with tradition and strayed from the usual blarney.