It might seem incongruous to quote Ronald Reagan at a time like this. But hear me out. Reagan infamously claimed back in the 1980s that if fascism ever came to America it would come dressed as liberalism. His claim was not only insightful but ominously accurate. This past week has been heart-wrenching for me and it is now with a very deep sense of foreboding that I look forward to the future of life in Ireland — a country I no longer recognize anymore.
Of course, the key factor I am referring to is the result of the recent Irish referendum on abortion which was carried with a 2 to 1 majority in favor of killing fetuses on demand — an actual landslide win with 66.4% voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment protecting the rights of the unborn. Yes, legislation will now be drafted to limit abortion to 13 weeks though bearing in mind the trajectory that Ireland has placed itself on, this limit will no doubt be extended to 24 weeks as is the case in the UK. If such liberal utopias such as the UK allow for the killing of the unborn up to 24 weeks then Ireland will be sure to follow suit. I can already hear the clamoring of the ecstatic pink-haired Social Justice Warriors demanding that Ireland embrace progressiveness while all those who even question the ethical merits will be, as per usual now, shot down with the slanderous labels meant not just to silence dissent but to quash any and all opposition to the prevailing narrative – Bigot, Fascist, Nazi, etc. etc.
Ireland has now been so subsumed by the prevailing liberal agenda that the only outcome will be the eventual instillation of an authoritarian police state to quell any dissenting voices — if we are following the slippery liberal path trodden by the UK, and all the evidence now points to such, then a similar Nineteen Eighty-Four-style dystopia will also be chosen as the means of ensuring stasis in Ireland. The enforcement of the UK ‘hate speech’ laws which amount to no more than forced silencing of anyone who questions the accepted narrative, is the future I now see for Ireland.
So again, if anything is a further indication of where Ireland is heading then bear in mind that the ‘cultural replacement’ of ethnic Irish people in Ireland will now take place a lot sooner than the projected 2050 mark when Irish people were originally expected to become a minority in their own country. The possibility of such occurring was first mooted by Dublin City University president, Ferdinand von Prondzynski in 2005.¹ However, this surmise was based on a growing influx of foreign nationals into the country with the professor believing that the Irish would prosper economically as a minority, with a new multi-cultural ethic being most advantageous to Ireland. At the time, Von Prondzynski said, ‘Ireland as a multicultural society will be able to make a particularly valuable contribution to the new Europe.’² It is again worth bearing in mind that he was advocating for mass migration to Ireland back in 2005, so much so that the influx of new arrivals would overwhelm the native population. Remember this announcement was made 10 years before the mass migration into the EU.
Then just prior to the economic migrant crisis that swarmed Europe in 2015, Eurostat data demonstrated that the fertility rate in Ireland stood at 1.92.³ While this may not have caused extreme concerns at the time, due to the figure hovering close enough to the all-important replacement rate of 2.1, it did serve to indicate that perhaps the professor’s estimate was not so outlandish after all. However, I think we can safely expect this fertility rate now to dramatically drop in the coming years. For further evidence of that probability, I need only observe the ecstatic response of the Irish mainstream media and of Irish people in general to the result of the abortion referendum on such public platforms as Twitter. The response has actually been quite frightening. I really need to keep reminding myself that their champagne-swilling party celebrations (I kid you not) are to toast the future deaths of thousands of Irish children.
But at least the pro-abortion side had the goodwill to avoid taking a patronizing, vindictive attitude towards those who still cherish the right to life. No, actually, there is ample evidence that the exact opposite happened. To cite one example, Fintan O’Toole in an incredibly sneering article in the Irish Times encouraged all of the ‘normal Irish’ to take the moral high ground and make a valiant effort to avoid treating pro-life advocates as freaks: ‘We shouldn’t need there to be freaks in order to make the rest of us feel normal. The No votes must be allowed to be normal Irish too.’⁴ Yes, you read that correctly. Perhaps there was a great deal of merit after all in the allegations made prior to the referendum that all mainstream media outlets in Ireland were heavily in favor of the pro-abortion side.⁵
So, Ireland’s fertility rate is destined to now take a dramatic nose dive while the progressive liberal Irish policy is to then fill the shortfall in the Irish workforce with people who mainly support an ideology that is not only at variance with western values but is hellbent on the destruction of such values; an ideology though, that sanctifies the importance of large families. And there will be nowhere to turn to when the diversity clash takes place.
To conclude, I am not optimistic about Ireland’s future or the way it has been used in recent years as a Petri dish of sorts to see how a society that once embraced conservative, traditional family values could be turned on its head with just the right amount of social engineering. The abortion referendum, like the same-sex referendum that preceded it, is just another indicator of the perverse path this country has chosen. But most significantly of all, I will watch with bated breath as the slow removal of basic human rights start to be curtailed here, such as freed of speech, freedom of assembly and the sinister sounding enforcement of ‘thought crimes.’
As the Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) hailed the result of the abortion referendum, regarding it as ‘a historic day for Ireland, ⁶ I am again reminded not only of the Regan reference I mentioned at the outset, but a line from Orwell’s classic – a line which exemplifies the drastic measures a society must take to shorn its identity for the sake of maintaining perversity: The sacred principles of Ingsoc. Newspeak, doublethink, the mutability of the past.⁷
7. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Signet Classics, 1950