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Ireland needs to speak up on behalf of refugees and act on their resettlement

The shocking death tolls outlined in your coverage (World News, January 6) missed the vital statistic that the EU has only resettled 0.17% of the refugees to whom, in September, it committed to offering safety and hope.

In the four months since, just 272 refugees have been moved from frontline states to those supposedly offering solidarity to men, women and children fleeing war and terror.

In spite of the upcoming general election, it is time for Ireland to speak up at European level and act on a national level.

At the Immigrant Council of Ireland we believe a decision should be taken to recommit a naval vessel to search and rescue in the Mediterranean in 2016.

Ian Hester

Chief Executive

Immigrant Council of Ireland

2, St Andrew St

Dublin 2


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Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s. https://www.facebook.com/PopsceneCork/You've Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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