Saturday 3 December 2016

Keep the compassion

Published 29/11/2015 | 02:30

'The Schengen Agreement, for all intents and purposes, has been revoked. However, this does not justify leaving asylum seekers in so-called camps for inordinate lengths of time'
'The Schengen Agreement, for all intents and purposes, has been revoked. However, this does not justify leaving asylum seekers in so-called camps for inordinate lengths of time'

Sir - George Hook (Sunday Independent, 22 November), on refugees and links between terrorism and Islamic faith, made brief reference to a report "that accused the Irish of being racist towards Africans", and that "increasingly, we are being coerced into thinking that somehow we are not generous, tolerant and forgiving".

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For the most part we are a tolerant nation.

Far-right organisations never gained traction here, yet it was obvious from online comments there is growing intolerance towards asylum seekers. Some expressed genuine fears, while others, plain old xenophobia.

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