No, apparently not. In response to the Polish President's remarks the Irish Independent today published what is the most negative opinion piece I've seen about any immigrant group in Ireland.
I have been personally abused and attacked by members of the Polish community. Myself and my partner walking down the street, we've had insults and we've had things thrown at us by the Poles.I'm not sure how the author so easily distinguishes between Poles, Russians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and all the other E. Europeans who live here now, but I'll assume he can.
I asked in the gay community after that and I was told it is a constant source of attack, vilification and abuse against Irish gay people. One of the gay bars is close to a Polish bar in Dublin - I'm not going to say which at this moment - and I understand that patrons going there are subject to abuse. They've made it hell on earth for young Polish gay people from their community.
The men who are outside the pubs and attacking people are ignorant and sexually very unsophisticated.
He's basically claiming that the Poles are a race of Neanderthals whose views on homosexuality disqualify them for a place in Irish society. I'm actually stunned that the Independent published this column.