The Polish community in Ireland wishes to express its deep concern about the consequences of the Irish Independent article ‘Polish waitress packs in job for ‘good life’ on Irish welfare’ published on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. This article was based on an article published in a Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, but parts of the interview were inaccurately translated into English. The facts were presented in a selective manner, and, as a result, grossly misrepresented the Polish community in Ireland.

The Polish Ambassador and Polish groups including Forum Polonia and The Centre – Together-Razem have all issued letters of complaint to the editor of the Irish Independent.

We wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the publication in the Feb. 2nd issue of the Irish Independent the Polish Ambassador’s letter as well as the correct translation of parts of the original Gazeta Wyborcza article. We also wish to acknowledge the apology of one of the journalists who wrote the piece, Norma Costello, on her blog.

This Saturday, Feb 4th, the Irish Polish Society will host a discussion on immigration in the Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. All are welcome to attend.

If you have been adversely affected by the content of the Irish Independent article, you may complain directly to the Office of the Press Ombudsman. See how to complain here.