- 16 Feb 23
A large-scale demonstration planned for Saturday, February 18th will be a “celebration of diversity”, organisers have said.
Figures from the music world, including trad/folk icon Christy Moore, Maverick Sabre, Adam Mohamed, Steo Wall, Smilez and Zeztra, will perform at this Saturday's #IrelandForAll march at Parnell Square.
With the slogan "Diversity Not Division", the coalition will meet at the Dublin city centre location at 1:30pm in what is sure to be a huge turnout event.
There is “no place for violent extremism” in Irish society," organisers said at a press conference last Friday, calling on all communities across Ireland to join together and mobilise at the solidarity march.
Please consider supporting this ... Hope to see ye there. Christy #IrelandForAll pic.twitter.com/UrZTFfkrDU
— Christy Moore (@christymoore45) February 9, 2023
The groups represented included Le Chéile, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Fórsa, Siptu, Unite, MASI, Amnesty International and Black and Irish, as well as the new local community groups that have sprung up in response to the anti-migrant protests in their areas.
Political parties such as People Before Profit, Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats are also part of the coalition, and organisers said other sports and community organisations are getting involved.
DJ Ciara Lennon has also been added to the musical lineup for the day.
Le Chéile’s Ailbhe Smyth said that people across the country are finding themselves in “incredibly difficult situations” due to the cost-of-living crisis. The far-right are attempting to blame the blame on ethnic minorities and refugees, despite the country clearly having a surplus of derelict buildings (over 180,000) available.
Serious but with a bitta craic X https://t.co/wUgiDeteHU
— Adam Mohamed (@Adamm_Official) February 16, 2023
Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) Orla O'Connor said the current asylum system sees people granted asylum, but be stuck in direct provision for months.
“It’s a person’s right to seek asylum. I think it would be better for the Taoiseach to look at our current asylum system, because right now, it’s not working,” she said after Leo Varadkar made comments on taking a “fair, firm and hard” stance on migration last week.
“The focus needs to be on our current policy and making it work for everyone. Making statements like that in the current climate is not helpful.”
The march is being backed by Sinn Féin, the Labour party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit, Amnesty International, trade unions and other community groups, including Black and Irish.
Dean Scurry of Ballymun for All pointed to the words used by the Taoiseach and said: “I think the ‘fair’ and ‘hard’ might be a little bit unfair and a little bit too hard, what he’s suggesting.”
"People with sinister motives are pouring honey into the ears of working class men across the country," the organiser added at a press conference at Buswells Hotel.
“Community, solidarity, unity, love, trumps that every single day - they don’t have a chance when they’re against us,” he said.
Look at that for wide society support
Its going to be an important day
To say #IrelandForAll #Solidaritymarch#HousingForAll #End homelessness pic.twitter.com/7OBZT3PtQI
— Rory Hearne (@RoryHearneGaffs) February 15, 2023