Thursday 18 January 2018

It's time the Irish people took a stance on the refugee crisis

Refugees squeeze on to a train in Budapest, Hungary
Refugees squeeze on to a train in Budapest, Hungary
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Does anyone feel as ashamed as I do of our stance towards the refugee crisis? The scale of this human tragedy just keeps getting worse and worse and what are our political representatives saying?

They are arguing numbers and playing politics. “Ireland is taking more than its fair share of migrants,” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said, while Defence Minister Simon Coveney said “Ireland had been generous but must not be naive”.

My heart sinks at such heartless and ignorant responses. Anyone who is watching the news or reading a newspaper knows these people are risking life and limb, not for a few euro of social welfare, but to be given the chance to live.

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