Friday December 6, 2019

We must open our doors: Ireland could accommodate large numbers of Syrian refugees

The Catholic Church and the Yes Equality campaign could give leadership in making them welcome

6th September, 2015
Ireland has made much of its military rescue operations in the Mediterranean – but while it has one ship on station, Médecins Sans Frontières has three. Picture: Gabriele Francois Casini

On Thursday, Enda Kenny was visibly moved when he spoke about the death of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi from Syria, “washed up on a beach like driftwood”. Later that day, Simon Coveney said the government would go “way beyond” the commitment from July to take in 600 Syrian refugees. Alan Kelly said Ireland would take “thousands” of extra refugees.

By Friday morning, the minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald was already qualifying that:...

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