Tuesday 6 December 2016

Our selfish response to the escalating refugee crisis

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy: defended Coalition policy
European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy: defended Coalition policy

For more than three decades, Ireland was happy to modernise an outdated national infrastructure with EU money and support. However, the minute we were due to become net contributors to the European project, we began to question our position through a series of referendums - to the point of repeating them until we managed to get the right answer.

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However, this ungracious and self-serving national attitude should not, as Colette Browne so incisively points out, surprise us (Irish Independent, September 1).

We used the same fallacious economic and nationalist arguments in the 1930s to exclude potential Jewish refugees. This was reflected by Dara Murphy, our European Affairs Minister, on Newstalk, trying to justify taking just 600 "traumatised refugees (who) manage to make their way across the Mediterranean this year".

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