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Don’t disappoint humanitarians

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.

The delay of three weeks by EU Justice Ministers as reported by your European Correspondent Ann Cahill is difficult to comprehend given the extraordinary scenes unfolding not only along the frontiers of the EU but also on motorways, at rail stations and disturbingly in camps.

The comments from the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD that Ireland is committed to its actions and timelines is a glimmer of hope in a crisis which shows no sign of abating.

Minister Fitzgerald and her cabinet colleagues must not be distracted by the divisions in Brussels and stick to the timeline.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland is committed to working as an independent law centre to ensure that proper procedures are put in place to recognise and protect the rights of those who arrive here – including residency, access to work and the most importantly to be reunited with loved ones.

Brian Killoran

Chief Executive,Immigrant Council of Ireland

Andrew St

Dublin 2


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