Ireland is no longer a warzone. Yay!! Unification looms (though don't tell the prods that). Big Ian has started buying his clerical apparel from a sub-border source. Glasnost was never this good.
When I was a sprog, the only time we had the exotic luxury of seeing a black person, was when he sported an automatic rifle and camoflage. The doors have now swung wide and we are becoming a multicultural society. Ireland used to be a place to leave, not to arrive at.
So we are all now united against a common enemy. We need to fill the hatred void and the foreigners are complying handsomely. We have become England in the 50's. That's how retarded our society really is.
I fear we'll be playing catch-up forever. This is not to say that racism isn't prevalent everywhere else. Ours is a unique racism, born out of our habit for hatred. It's nothing personal: We'd find some other outlet if being non-Irish wasn't so damn convenient.