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How are Ireland's newest political parties responding to immigration issues?

European Election posters in Dublin.
European Election posters in Dublin. Copyright AP Photo
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By Ken Murray
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Representatives from Ireland's newest political parties line up to explain why immigration tops their policy platforms for the upcoming 2024 European elections.

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Immigration tops the political agenda for the first time in Ireland's history. 

At least four new Irish political parties, all critical of the federal government's immigration policy, are contesting the forthcoming European elections in June.

The parties say they are not opposed to immigration but feel the Irish government has been too liberal on the issue.

Ireland has a population of 5 million, with nearly 1 million entering the country since the mid-1990s. 

The new crop of political parties is responding to numerous events that have plagued the city's capital.

In May, the government moved to dismantle tents occupied by the ballooning number of asylum seekers in Dublin. This was six months after dozens were arrested as the city was set alight by far-right riots fuelled by anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

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