Before we get too smug, remember our record with refugees is shameful
Ireland was shamed last week into agreeing to welcome substantially more refugees by a picture of a dead Syrian toddler, but our appalling treatment of asylum seekers long predates the current crisis.
Politicians from all parties are now tripping over themselves in their eagerness to find a microphone into which they can express solidarity with refugees, with everyone agreeing that Ireland is a humane country that has always done its best to protect those in need.
Apparently, we love refugees now. Just not the ones who come here and are left languishing in decrepit institutions in the direct provision system for years.