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Letters: We should offer migrants a home – not just rescue them from the sea

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

The Irish naval vessel LE Niamh arrives at Messina port in Sicily, Italy, with migrants recused from the Mediterranean Sea
The Irish naval vessel LE Niamh arrives at Messina port in Sicily, Italy, with migrants recused from the Mediterranean Sea

Your editorial (Irish Independent, August 7), along with the article by Dominic MacSorley of Concern, is to be welcomed as a serious call for governments to show leadership and respond with humanity to the appalling circumstances in which migrants from Syria and sub-Saharan Africa are finding themselves.

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The LE Niamh did outstanding work in the Mediterranean last week but it is not enough for the Irish Government to organise the rescue of people, then drop them into Italy and leave that country to deal with their "processing".

No one who isn't utterly desperate would embark on the journey these men, women and children are making. It is less than 200 years since 2 million hungry people fled this country for America, Australia and the UK.

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