Man objects to 'bogus' refugees

By Esther Hayden

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

Michael Fortune.
Michael Fortune.

A man alleged that the majority of Syrian refugees were economic migrants while speaking on The People's Debate last week.

Audience member Michael Fortune said that 5,000 Syrian refugees were expected in Ireland in the next two years but said 'Id say 70 per cent are economic migrants. They've thrown away their papers, they can't be garda vetted. Where are we going to house them? We can't even house our own.'

Broadcaster Vincent Browne pointed out that Ireland was a very rich country and could afford to take in 20,000 refugees but Mr Fortune was unmoved. 'It's not the point that we're rich. I've no objection to genuine, genuine refugees coming in but I do object to bogus refugees coming in.'

Vincent Browne said 'it's pretty far-fetched to talk about people who are risking their lives and the lives of their children to talk about them being bogus.'

But Mr Fortune was not for turning. 'They are all going to get jobs. They will all be put in jobs in this country but they can't be garda vetted. We don't know who they are.'

'We know they've come from desperate situations', replied Vincent Browne.

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