Brave Irish Navy sailors left exposed by solo rescue missions in the Med
LÉ Róisín, is currently preparing to end her 12-week patrolling off the Libyan coast as part of the Government's response to the migrant crisis and will be replaced by the LÉ James Joyce operating to the same humanitarian mandate.
The LÉ Róisín is the fourth Naval Service ship to be deploy in the Mediterranean since the humanitarian crisis began. These ships have rescued nearly 10,000 migrants.
Operation Pontus, which despatched our navy to the Mediterranean, has been a success in terms of its humanitarian aims. It has also brought credit to our Defence Forces and highlighted their courage and their skills in planning, logistics and crisis management. Nevertheless, the time has come to re-evaluate the nature of this deployment in light of recent developments in Europe.