Rally in support of refugees planned for Dublin today

A rally in support of refugees planned for Dublin this afternoon will hear calls for the EU to open its borders and welcome more refugees from war-torn countries.

People will gather at The Spire on O'Connell Street at 2pm to hear a range of speakers from groups including United Against Racism.

The Irish Government is being urged to clarify how refugees will be processed in Ireland and whether they will be allowed to work and contribute to Irish society.

Rally in support of refugees planned for Dublin today

Jim Roche of the Irish Anti-War Movement also wants the EU, the UK, NATO and the US to stop prolonging wars in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Libya.

“We would be calling for the US and EU governments to stop selling arms to despotic regimes and that are fuelling these wars,” said Roche.

“We would (also) be calling on the Irish Government to withdraw the facility for the US military at Shannon airport.”

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