The Naval Service is gearing up to save even more migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea this year as refugees pour into Libya from Middle East war zones following Turkey’s promise to cut people-smuggling operations across the Aegean into Greece.
The Christmas and New Year message of our President is not only timely but must be acted upon (‘President Higgins urges people to be inspired by ideals of 1916’, December 21), if Ireland is to offer real safety and hope to men, women and children seeking shelter from war and terror.
WITH 100 refugees from war-torn Syria already in Ireland and up to 4,000 immigrants expected here over the next two years, it is heartening to feel the Government is actively planning to ensure they are fully integrated in Irish society.
The lack of political leadership on the refugee crisis at a European level (‘Refugee Crisis to worsen as borders are shut’, September 15) will be a source of dismay for people across the country who had demanded a humanitarian response to a humanitarian catastrophe.
AS a frontline organisation and independent law centre which has supported 19 victims of trafficking in the past year, the Immigrant Council of Ireland welcomes the commitment of the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to prioritising the Sexual Offences Bill in the coming Oireachtas term (‘Minister to proceed with plan to criminalise sex buyers’, Irish Examiner, August 14).