14 Jun 2019

How online activists are contributing to Ireland’s immigration debate


Ireland’s population is booming. This year is expected to see the sharpest rise for a decade.

Around one in six people now living in Ireland wasn’t born there, while tens of thousands of Irish citizens left to seek work abroad after the financial crash in 2008.

All this has sparked a fierce debate over immigration, with some groups claiming Ireland’s culture is in some way under threat and a handful of online activists apparently influenced by America’s alt right.

We have been to the town of Longford to investigate.