Wednesday June 3, 2020

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:...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Many of us have achieved a new life balance that might just be the real ‘new normal’

Sharyn McAndrew | 2 weeks ago

Property firms such as QRE are dealing with the coronavirus lockdown by trying to maintain some normality in their day-to-day business

Conor Whelan | 3 weeks ago

Hardline opposition to EU solidarity in funding the cost of Covid-19 is driven by German allergy to ‘imprudent’ spending, and by Dutch politicians fearing the transfer of funds to southern countries would provoke a far-right backlash

Barry J Whyte | 1 month ago