I also feel the need to single out our beloved Bertie's unintentionally Swiftian statement:
This constitutional change is a modest and sensible proposal.
I'm really, really hoping that remark was the work of a civil servant speechwriter with a sense of humour. Lord knows, you could probably shove in 10 ironic literary references into the average Fianna Fail TD's speech and they wouldn't notice (there's a challenge, any civil servants reading this!). Pack of pig-ignorant racist gobshites.
Anyway, if you have any sense of decency and fair play, if you think Ireland has a responsibility to accept immigrants and be nicer to them than other countries often were to us, if you can't think of any reason for voting yes but the vague idea that people are 'taking advantage" (just like Dev took advantage of being born in the US to escape execution in 1916), then for God's sake, vote no to this nasty, selfish, unreasonable and mean-spirited piece of legislation.
ETA: There's now an interesting programme on Radio4 about the Normans, which reminded me of another point in favour of voting no. Like a large chunk of the population, I'm descended from Norman invaders. Unless you're a pre-Celt indigenous Irish neanderthal (which would explain Brian Cowen, heh heh), you're descended from immigrants of some kind - Vikings, Picts, Firbolgs, plain old English colonialists. How far back do we want to go to claim citizenship?
Oh, and this is my last word for the moment: if this goes through, we'll have a national football team packed with English boys who are Irish by "blood" even though they've never lived here, and a lot of non-white babies who aren't Irish even though they've never lived anywhere else.