Jobbik's Western European organization continues in Ireland

After London and Bristol, Dublin has become the westernmost European location where Jobbik established a friendship group last week. Organizer György Dorogi’s goals are to strengthen the Hungarian identity of our youth living there as well as to arrange a collection programme to supply toys and children’s books for the families away from their motherland. 

In his Sunday’s press release, vice president István Szávay informed the public that Jobbik’s Dublin Friendship Group was established during his three-day tour in the Irish capital. After Munich, New York, London, Vienna, Zurich and Bristol, Dubliners formed the seventh foreign group of the movement. The participants of the meeting also raised the issue of allowing Hungarians living abroad to vote by post, which the patriotic opposition has been demanding for years – so far in vain.

Talking to our portal, Szávay said the valuable experience they gained here would be used in their Parliamentary work. “My colleagues and I learn constantly from the foreign visits like this, so our national policy programme becomes more refined and credible. Getting into government, we want to implement a policy that also relies on Hungarians living abroad, and considers them as part of our nation, just like those living in the territories torn away from Hungary,” Szávay emphasized.

 The Dublin group will be organized by György Dorogi, a Hungarian man living there for nine years. We contacted him by phone on Tuesday. The 47-year-old man was born in Szeged, Hungary and he is one of those who are supposed by Viktor Orbán to have left their country “to seek adventure.”

Since the autumn of 2006, Dorogi had constantly been suffering from the harassment by the authorities, which further intensified after the Hungarian Guard was founded in 2007 and he took his solemn oath with 55 other members in Buda Castle. When the harassments started to affect his family, too, he decided to leave the country. He has been living in Ireland with his wife and four grown-up children ever since. He began working as a cook and now runs his own fast food business giving jobs to Hungarian employees.

The Dorogis are respected members of the local community but they would all like to return to Hungary eventually. Such return would only be possible if there was a Jobbik government in their homeland, that’s why they want to contribute to the patriotic party’s work from abroad. The goals of the friendship group include keeping contact with existing Hungarian groups as well as organizing events to strengthen the Hungarian identity of our people living in Ireland.

“We want to be actively involved in the public discourse and build a bridge between Ireland and Hungary. We aim to organize presentations for youngsters interested in tales and myths because these things are not necessarily available for them here, thousands of kilometres away from their motherland,” the organizer told us.

The friendship group also plans to launch exchange programmes for community members to swap things they are in need here (toys, children’s books) as well as to collect donations for large, hard-up families back in Hungary. Their other goal is to share their experience with Jobbik Friendship Groups abroad.

In addition to István Szávay, the founding ceremony was also attended by János Bencsik, the vice president of the National Policy Cabinet in charge of Jobbik’s organization in foreign countries. Bencsik told us that he expected other friendship groups to be established, especially in the German-speaking countries. 


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