Representatives of the Irish community in Scotland have been in touch with three TDs in the 31st Dail to seek their help on the issue of Anti-Irish racism in Scotland.Two of the deputies are newly elected independents.
The other is a government backbencher.
The reason for this move is that the Irish community in Scotland has finally run out of patience with the Scottish political class. They have reached this juncture after the statement by Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill a few minutes after the ending of the CIS Insurance Cup final on Sunday 20th March.
The general consensus of journalists, commentators and the viewing public was that the chanting of the Rangers fans about Catholics and Irish people was particularly vehement and sustained throughout the match.
The illegal “Famine song” was clearly heard on several occasions
All three deputies have agreed to raise the issue of Anti-Irish racism in Scotland with Tánaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamonn Gilmore.
This is the first time since Dick Spring that a Tánaiste has also held the Foreign Affairs brief.
The three Dail Deputies are being asked to demand that Gilmore seek a meeting with the First Minister of Scotland at the earliest opportunity to discuss the issues around Anti-Irish Racism and the apparent reluctance of the Scottish government to tackle the problem.