Can Ireland give a home to 200 orphaned refugee children, from Syria and elsewhere, who until recently were living in the ‘Jungle’ at Calais? This question, addressed by the Dáil last week, echoes one asked 70 years ago. Then, the government was asked to give a home to 100 orphaned Jewish children, survivors of Belsen, Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The minister for justice, Gerald Boland, refused. He worried that increasing the Jewish population could “give rise...
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