It would appear that Ireland desrves an award if any is given to a country with such a high level of confussion and contradictions. Firstly Minister Michael Matin has done nothing but enshrined the existing work permit sytem in legislation while creating the impression that a new "GREEN CARD" system has been put in place. In doing so the minister and his "men" had successfully contradicted them sleves in many ways. Last year the minister in its address to the Dail (The Irish Paliament ) stated and i quote
" Thirdly, Green Card holders will be permitted to bring their spouses and families to join them immediately, and their spouses will have the right to work without a work permit". (Source: http://www.entemp.ie/press/2005/20051012b.htm
According to the recently passed "GREEN CARD" proceedure as published on the Department of trade and Enterprise website on their FAQ section, it reads
"Can my Spouse and Dependants work? Yes once they are legally resident in the State on the basis of being your Spouse or Dependant, they are free to seek employment and apply for a Spousal/Dependant work permit" What a bunch of contradiction! The other buggling part is that the department of enterprise has not clarify to date the future of those existing on the current working visa/ work authorisation scheme.
I dont know folks, it is the election year here in Ireland if you ask me the only winner with this new scheme is the minister who no doubt have score a lot of political points at the expense of helpless immigrant. Can Ireland eat its cake and have it? It remains to be seen. I REST MY CASE