NEW YORK -- The Irish Echo appears on top of The New York Times in some news agents in Manhattan, reverberating some of the racist comments spewing forth from Ireland against the Nice Treaty.
Americans who opt to work in Ireland see the country as a gateway to Europe. Irish who say NO to Europe will only damage the perception some companies have of Ireland's open-minded and open market access. The Irish Echo has reported on hearing some blatantly racist comments while "doorstepping" the voters. One of the race cards played is the fear of the flood of immigrants that will arrive with passage of the Nice Treaty. As a native English speaker who was "refused leave to land" in Ireland, I have personal experience about this issue. Irish Immigration views itself as the Protector of Irish Jobs. Multicultural job expertise does not figure in its remit.