Northern Ireland

Elon Musk: the IRA, immigration and plush toys

The X owner mentions IRA again, this time in connection with immigration

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Elon Musk has weighed in once again on Irish matters, linking immigration into Ireland and the IRA, with a reference to a “plush toy”.

Mr Musk was replying to a post by a Malaysian far right commentator making claims about the Irish government and immigration.

The poster suggested the “Irish got mad with the English for coming some decades ago”, then referred to immigration now, to which the Tesla founder replied: “Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The Irish Republic Army was so hardcore, but now they’re as scary as a plush toy.”

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Elon Musk

Mr Musk also commented on the anti-immigration rally in Dublin on Monday, stating: “The people of Ireland are standing up for themselves!”

It is not the first time he has made remarks on his own platform referencing the IRA. In February 2023, he managed to link a US act aimed at tackling inflation to the paramilitary group.

One post read: “Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) vs Irish Republican Army (IRA).” He then added: “Which is actually harder, defeating inflation or defeating the British?”

More broadly, Mr Musk has dipped his toes into Irish politics, vowing to use X to fund legal challenges to planned hate speech legislation.

In an online interview with Gript, Mr Musk said X’s default position is that it will challenge any laws it believes would infringe upon someone’s ability to “say what they want to say”.

He was speaking in connection to Ireland’s pending Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill.