Monday July 13, 2020

Why so silent on this new ‘burden’?

Ireland can shame Europe out of its squalid response to the ongoing refugee crisis.

15th August, 2015
Migrants arrive in Kos, Greece after their voyage from Turkey on a dinghy. Picture: AP

For seven years, Irish politics has been preoccupied with burden sharing - how to get it; when to ask for it; how much. Now, suddenly, all of Europe is preoccupied with burden sharing. And Ireland? We’ve gone quiet.

The burdens, of course, are different ones: the burden of bank bailouts, and the burden of large-scale refugee inflows. But the fact that the language used to describe them is the same brings some useful...

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