The Irish Are Mystifying

18 Oct

A report today shows that the Traveller community in Ireland has 85% unemployment.  Cue a lot of hate and vitriol from the “settled” community about the travellers.

But the report also shows that the Traveller community is only 0.5% of the population.  It’s like one person in 200 is fair play for being subject to all the hate for the other 199.  How can that ever be acceptable?  Say you lived in a village of 200 people and one person there was the subject of constant hate and abuse.  Would that be OK?  What if you were that person?

But what’s mystifying is this exists within the Irish penchant for taking offence (see various previous blogs.)

the Irish are a people who will on the whole take offence at the drop of a potato … often dragging in this whole “800 years of oppression” nonsense … but given half a chance many of them will turn on the traveller community with a malice that defies understanding … and so the formerly oppressed have become the oppressor… unless …

Unless there’s a reason for this malice.

As travellers this community have avoided the property crash and the extensive negative equity gripping the “settled” community.

Could this be a simple case of jealousy?


Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Commentariat


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7 responses to “The Irish Are Mystifying

  1. opus diablos

    October 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I think a part of it, like the white hatred of black, is a semi-conscious awareness of the part our ancestors played in displacing them from their lands. We project our criminality onto them; it makes us smell cleaner.

    • saoili

      October 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

      We dispatched them from their lands? News to me. I thought they were nomadic when they arrived on the island.

  2. Paul

    October 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    The settled people are pissed off because the Travelling community want to be accepted which they have the right to do so, yet to become accepted to have to give a little which they just wont do. If you want specifics I have plenty Can I ask what nationality are you? Please feel free to ask me questions also

  3. saoili

    October 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I doubt it. The Irish people already disliked travellers. I think it’s simply an example of the human tendency to dislike what they do not understand. Combined, maybe, with the fact that there are things that are normal or even expected in traveller social culture that are against the social rules in non-traveller Irish culture.

  4. Paul

    October 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I just noticed that you have approved comments from people before me an after me. I guess you only want people here that agree with you and aren’t open to genuine debate?

    • Damocles

      October 19, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Saoili is approved by default. I don’t always approve comments straight off because sometimes I’m busy.

  5. Alistair (@martin_alistair)

    February 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Like. The Irish love to condemn others for racism and bigotry, but when we do it, it’s justified till the cows come home.


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