Ireland markets itself as a small open economy and each year money from across the globe freely flows through the IFSC in amounts many multiples of the GDP of the entire country. Yet we aren’t nearly as welcoming of people as we are capital. Our guest in the tortoise shack, coordinator of the Voice of Young Science network, activist with MERJ Ireland and fun magnet, Ilaina Kairulzaman, tells us about her journey from Kuala Lumpur to Carlow and how, while she loves Ireland deeply, she doesn’t always feel it loves her back.
She talks about some of her own experiences of feeling less than, and how the solidarity and energy she experienced during the recent referendum campaigning hasn’t transferred as she had hoped to the campaign to end the national shame that is Direct Provision.
Ilaina is an absolute joy and her voice deserves to be heard. Listen up.
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