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Ireland 'I've sent money home, I'm not a criminal'- Nigerians in Ireland react to Noel Grealish money remarks

18:05  13 november  2019
18:05  13 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Noel Grealish et al. sitting on a bench posing for the camera

Nigerians in Ireland have responded to remarks made by Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil, suggesting that there is cause for concern over illegal activity involved in repatriated money to Nigeria.

Noel Grealish, who was at the centre of another racism row in September, asked the Taoiseach whether “astronomical” amounts of money leaving this country were being monitored.

Noel Grealish wearing a suit and tie: Noel Grealish TD. Picture: Andrew Downes © Andrew Downes Noel Grealish TD. Picture: Andrew Downes He demanded to know what mechanisms are in the place to ensure money going to Nigeria “is not the proceeds of crime or fraud”.

Nigerians in Dublin have responded to Mr Greaslish's comments saying that they are "rasict" and come from "preconceptions that he has" about Nigerians being involved in fraud.

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Noel Grealish likes to keep things local on the rare occasion he takes the Rural Independents’ slot at Leaders’ Questions: Galway hospital; funding for And last month he submitted a written question to the Taoiseach’s department enquiring about “the amount sent out of Ireland in personal remittances

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The Galway TD quoted figures from the World Bank which show €3.54bn has been sent to Nigeria over the past eight years. Lavender Odinaka Ekweremadu, said however, that when broken down this figure reflects much smaller amounts incrementally sent home by Nigerians like him.

a person sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Lavender Odinaka Ekweremadu, 25, from Nigeria at Griffith College from where he graduated with a Master's in Journalism and Media Communication Lavender Odinaka Ekweremadu, 25, from Nigeria at Griffith College from where he graduated with a Master's in Journalism and Media Communication

"Everyone sends money back to their country. It's normal for people to try to help their loved ones. It's not like the money is stolen and sent back," the 25-year-old living in Dublin said.

"Of course I've sent money home. To my siblings, my friends, why wouldn't I? I'm not involved in any crime. I'm not a criminal. I know that the money I send back, my friends send back is all legitimate hard-earned money.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that Irish people had ‘for centuries’ sent money back to Ireland .

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"It's normal so why would he subjectively just say Nigeria? It's racist. It doesn't make any sense. Of source it's racist. He's just hammering Nigeria. He called out four other countries but of course 'Nigeria is a very corrupt country' so it must be illegal money.

The Independent politician was at the centre of a separate racism row in September after he claimed African migrants “sponge off the system”.

Fatimah Toluwalope O Saheed (23) from Nigeria is living in Cabra. She said that Mr Grealish's comment come from a preconception he has of her compatriots, which she said every Nigerian has experienced in Ireland.

a person in a blue shirt: Fatimah Toluwalope O Saheed (23) from Nigeria said that Mr Grealish's comment come from a preconception he has of Nigerians Fatimah Toluwalope O Saheed (23) from Nigeria said that Mr Grealish's comment come from a preconception he has of Nigerians

"The fact that he's driving the comments at a certain race of people comes from preconceptions that he has," the Griffith College Journalism and Public Relations graduate said.

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Registered in Ireland : 523712. Independent TD Noel Grealish has been accused of "disgraceful racism" after raising questions in the Dáil around money being sent home by migrants. Solidarity PBP TD Ruth Coppinger, expressed outrage at Mr Grealish 's remarks and asked the Ceann

A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering Nigeria news, Niger delta, general national news ‘’ I am not a thief, I ’ m not a criminal , I did not steal government money neither did I syphon the state’s resources. “In our time, we assumed office under

"OK people do fraud, but there are a lot of Nigerians in Ireland that have come to Ireland, some people to study, some just for a better life. Some people are working three or four jobs just to help the people back home.

"The minimum wage back home is less than €100 a month so if I have someone back home who needs help or needs something, I have to send money back to them to help. I know someone who has come here on a loan. Where's the issue in her sending money back to pay for that lone."

"I don't think what he said was right. It's really not fair," sh added.

"People are working their asses off, paying taxes so that they can support the people back home. We come here to make ends meat but we are also putting money into the economy. My tuition was was over €13,000. That's going straight into the Irish economy.

"All Nigerians have experienced discrimination in Ireland. It takes us twice the already long time it takes an Irish person to find a house.

Noel Grealish wearing a suit and tie walking down the street: Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish. Photo: Tom Burke Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish. Photo: Tom Burke "Once you call about the house they ask you straight away what nationality you are when they hear your accent and they don't contact you back or they don't give you the house."

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Noel Grealish made the comments in the DailCredit: Refer to Caption. The Independent TD for Galway West told the Dail the money has been sent to countries “ I ’ m asking you, Taoiseach, what controls are in place to ensure if tax is being properly paid on it?” he said. In September, Mr Grealish made

Mr Grealish's line of questioning was met with criticism earlier in the Dáil as other TDs attempted to shout him down.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger interrupted, saying: “This is disgraceful racism and should be called out.

“He’s suggesting people working here are criminals.”

She added: “Sit down, you’re a disgrace.”

Mr Grealish couched claims of racism, saying: "The question I'm asking is that the proper controls are in place."

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