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Ronald Reagan infamously claimed back in the 80’s 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 myself and many other Irish people, and it is now with a very deep sense of foreboding that I look to the future of life in Ireland – a country I no longer recognize.

Of course, one of the key factors 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, 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 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 1984-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.

Which brings me to the other reason why this past week has deeply saddened me. Tommy Robinson’s arrest might not neatly tie in with the Irish abortion referendum, but if you have followed me so far, then I think you know where I am going with this. Tommy’s "crime" of reporting outside a court on a Muslim rape gang in Leeds would once upon a time have been hailed as essential investigative journalism; the duty bound obligation to report on every parent's worst nightmare. However, in multicultural, ‘diversity is our strength’ present-day UK, such reporting now results in a 13-month prison sentence with all recourse to due process ignored. Not only was the prevention of establishing a defense on Tommy’s part a great injustice, but the blanket ban on reporting on the arrest, imposed by the UK government on its own media, just further evidence of the measures that need to be taken in order to maintain a dystopian nightmare.

I am reminded of a section from Orwell’s 1984, where a scapegoat hate figure has to be created so that society can vent all its frustrations on him rather than on the government, micromanaging its every thought and action:

Winston’s hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police; and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies. And yet the very next instant he was at one with the people about him, and all that was said of Goldstein seemed to him to be true.

Of course, you just need to replace the character of Goldstein with Tommy Robinson to see what the UK government was hoping to possibly achieve with his arrest. Of course, there is no need to mention the radical ideology of those arrested in the child grooming scandal that Tommy was trying valiantly to report on; something that the Sharia-compliant mainstream media in the UK is reluctant to do.

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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. Eurostat data in 2015 demonstrated that the fertility rate in Ireland was 1.92. I think we can now safely expect that now to dramatically drop in the coming years. 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 is actually 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.

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. There will be nowhere to turn to when the diversity clash becomes a hot war. Again, I need only cite the example of Tommy Robinson.

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. Most tragically, I will watch with trepidation as the slow removal of basic human rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are curtailed and the sinister enforcement of ‘thought crimes’ begins.

As the Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) hailed the result of the abortion referendum, regarding it as "a historic day for Ireland", I am again reminded not only of the Reagan reference I mentioned at the outset, but a further line from Orwell’s classic 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.

This nightmare is heralded not by the boot of the stormtrooper, but the applause of the indoctrinated masses for the extermination of the unborn.

Eugene OBrien

by Eugene OBrien

Eugene O'Brien is a freelance journalist who mainly focuses on feature stories relevant to Ireland and the EU. He is based in Dublin.

Dublin, Ireland