Independent TD Mick Wallace broke down in tears after discussing the plight of refugees.
Speaking in the Dáil, Mr Wallace said the refugee crisis is so stark and Ireland needs to do more.
“Could we do something around just minors even? Can Ireland become a champion of minors in the area of refugees,” Mr Wallace asked.
The Wexford deputy said there are many Irish families willing to take in refugees and that he would be willing to accommodate one himself.
“It won’t cost the State a penny,” he said.
Mr Wallace and Dublin Fingal TD Clare Daly have recently returned from Calais where they visited refugee camps.
During the Dáil debate on the issue today, Mr Wallace became emotional when recalling his meeting with a 15 year old child who lost his family on the Iran-Afghan border.
“He’s 15 and he’d like to come to Ireland or Britain,” a tearful Mr Wallace said.