My Horrible Experience of Meeting a Social Welfare Inspector in Ireland.

Of course, I do understand why an inspection could be necessary, especially since I noticed that in the social welfare office and the community office every document you produce is considered to be fake, and everything you say is considered a lie, even my birth certificate was looked at with suspicion. ( I had to point out to the lady in the SWO that ‘September’ in Dutch means ‘September’ in English. I keep forgetting that Anglophones find understanding other languages very difficult).

Stories of migrant exploitation

I received an email from one of my followers. He tells the story of exploitation he suffered while here in Ireland. Here is the email: I paid  my employer 1,000 euro to secure my work permit, as I did with my previous employers in Ireland, this money was deducted from my wages. When I got […]

Foreign Students in Financial Distress.

Foreign students in Ireland are facing serious financial distress. They have been told all the nice stories about this country, and have chosen to come here with the promise that it would take them two to three weeks to find a job to sustain themselves. How can any country where young people emigrate every day […]

The Tswana Man

My life had become quite ordinary. I was busy driving kids to school, getting my radio shows ready, cooking and cleaning,    ( well, not so much of the latter) and feeling very bored and quite lonely as a single mum. I was on my own in this little country of Ireland. I had my […]

Homesickness

I became close friends with a South African student not so long ago. He came to Ireland full of enthusiasm, to study economics, his second degree, he has an honours degree in maths already. He will return home in three years time. He told me that in Africa people look at Europe as paradise, the […]