Conor McGregor, renowned fighter, recently expressed his displeasure at the Irish government in light of the murder of an Irish citizen, Ashling Murphy, committed by an immigrant. The 23-year-old high school teacher and musician, Murphy, tragically lost her life at the hands of Slovakian immigrant and sex offender, Jozef Puska. The incident transpired in broad daylight while Murphy was walking alongside the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, in January 2022. Puska was eventually brought to justice earlier this month when a unanimous jury in Dublin court sentenced him to life.
Puska apparently survived on welfare in Ireland after moving from his native country, and his actions have sparked a nationwide critique of immigration procedures. Consequently, McGregor voiced his stance on the matter, advocating for improved systems to vigilantly monitor immigrant activities. He boldly stated his concerns in a tweet, which he later removed, rhetorically questioning, “What kind of nonsense is it to permit such individuals into our country?” He emphasized that Ireland is not just any country with open doors, but a standalone island harboring some of the most exquisite creations of nature.
McGregor insisted on the necessity of a new system for better safeguarding Ireland and its citizens while respecting hardworking, honest immigrant families that contribute significantly to society. Furthermore, he reprimanded politician Micheál Martin for his uncertain response to the questions posed by Murphy’s grieving boyfriend, Ryan Casey. Moreover, McGregor questioned Ireland’s alliance with the European Union, which demands the country to maintain lax borders. Voicing his outrage, he stated, “What are we doing to ensure this situation does not recur, Micheál? The heinous and horrific murder of an Irish citizen in broad daylight has been met with no action from the parties in power.” McGregor called for an urgent resolution, emphasizing that free travel around Europe is not worth the jeopardization of Irish citizens’ safety.