'No Irish' job ad sparks backlash in Australia
"NO dogs, no blacks, no Irish." That's what an ad for a bricklayer reminded Irish emigrants of when they saw it online.
Despite the massive migration of tens of thousands of Irish Down Under, it appears as if we may have outstayed our welcome.
One employer posted a simple advertisement on a free website looking for a bricklayer in the Perth region.
But the man, named only as Simon, specified that he wasn't interested in Irish people.
"Bricklayer needed start ASAP $250 a day, no part time workers and NO IRISH," the notice stipulated.
But the advertisement quickly attracted massive criticism online.
One commentator wrote on Twitter: "Thought the times of 'No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs' were gone? Apparently not in Australia..."
The advertiser said that he had "no trouble with Irish people" but said that he had to let a lot of people go due to inexperience.
"I've lots of Irish people say they have experience bricklaying but come over and have no clue how to lay bricks," he said.
He confirmed that he was aware about the strong anti-discriminatory legislation in Australia.
But he said that it wasn't worth his while to take on people from here.
"I'm very busy and don't have time to be watching over them," he added.
The Australian Embassy reacted swiftly to the advertisement, saying that the Australian Government had "no tolerance for racism and discrimination and this is reflected in a broad range of anti-discrimination legislation in Australia".
"The Government has an unwavering commitment to a multicultural Australia and greatly welcomes the contribution made by people of all backgrounds, regardless of origin, gender, or colour, to Australia's culture, society, and prosperity," a spokesman said.
Online, Irish people were angry at the tone of the advertisement and the posting went viral within just a few minutes.
Many were outraged that after years in the boom time, employers were turning their back on Irish emigrants.
"Australians like the Irish. When they are good, they're very good and when they are bad, they are horrid ... " said one tweet.
The ad was pulled down from the website within a few hours.