In this insightful interview, Niall engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Senator Sharon Keogan, the 1st Female IND Councillor elected to Seanad Eireann. The focus of their discussion revolves around pressing political issues, primarily immigration and the upcoming referendum scheduled for March 8th, 2024, coinciding with International Women’s Day.
Senator Sharon Keogan voices her concerns about Ireland’s stance on immigration and the potential implications of the EU migration pact. She highlights the need for public discourse on these matters and questions why Ireland can’t follow Denmark’s example in opting out of certain aspects of the migration pact.
The conversation delves into the Dublin III Regulation of 2013, shedding light on the potential impact of ‘solidarity’ and the strength of Ireland’s ‘GDP’ on the country’s vetoes in immigration decisions. Keogan emphasizes the importance of an election and a referendum on immigration, asserting that the people of Ireland did not vote for the current state of affairs.
The interview explores the EU migration pact, seeking clarity on its specifics and why it has not been extensively discussed by politicians. The issue of misinformation, particularly in the context of Leo Varadkar’s statements, comes under scrutiny, prompting a nuanced examination of the government’s role in shaping public perception.
Sharon and Niall broaden the scope of their conversation, touching on political topics such as free speech and the protests against immigration in various areas. The upcoming referendum on amending Article 41 of the Constitution to provide a broader concept of family and removing text on the role of women in the home is also a focal point of discussion.
Listeners gain valuable insights into Ireland’s political landscape as Niall and Senator Sharon Keogan navigate through complex issues, providing context and perspectives on immigration, misinformation, and the broader political climate.