Following up on a complaint made at the Irish Global Economic Forum that indigene enterprise was failing to
Inspired by that ginger headed gobshite David McWilliams, the Forum noted that there was a disconnection between Ireland and
According to the Irish Times, Mr Martin said the Government had taken a broad and inclusive approach to defining Ireland’s global community:
“The Irish diaspora is not limited to Irish citizens living abroad or to those who have activated citizenship. Instead, it encompasses all those who believe they are of Irish descent and feel a sense of affinity with this country.”Micheál, in an act uncharacteristic of a politician, appears to have ripped the idea off those amadáns above at Irish Diaspora.ie who proposed the introduction of a global ‘Emerald Card’ that anyone can apply for on proof of an Irish heritage. The card would entitle the holder to 'various forms of acknowledgement in the tourist, travel, leisure and hospitality sector'. Aye, and anyone with an English or an American accent who has holidayed in Kerry or Connemara knows what that means, if you get my drift. And you don't need a fecking certificate to evoke it either.
Turning Irishness and Irish identity into a revenue stream isn't new, of course. I've written about the patronising,exploitative and frustrating attitudes held by indigene society towards its diasporic members before. I suppose all this does is put the roof on it and make patronising the diaspora an official state-sponsored enterprise.
I also expect that there'll be plenty of fools ready to line up and hand over their spondulicks to give a dig out to the gangsters and gombeens who run the Irish state. They'd be the same class of eejits who swallow this stuff, I suppose: