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Monday 5 December 2016

Editorial: A safe haven for 4,000 refugees

A big group of migrant people cross the serbian-hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary in Roszke, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
A big group of migrant people cross the serbian-hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary in Roszke, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Ireland’s decision to take in 4,000 refugees fleeing war-torn countries will see the country take a pro-active, engaged role in dealing with the biggest crisis of its kind in Europe since World War Two.

As the situation in southern and eastern Europe worsened in recent weeks the pressure had come on the Government to do more.

This was increased after

critical comments about the Irish intake on the part of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

The Government’s response to the mounting pressure was swift and appropriate. Some 4,000 refugees will be welcome here, with many set to arrive before Christmas.

The fact that Ireland opted into the EU’s relocation programme, when the likes of Britain and Denmark effectively opted out, marks us out as ready and willing to do our bit to deal with this massive humanitarian crisis.

Now it’s time to get down to the practical work of taking in these unfortunate people.

 

Big-hearted debs gesture

THe debs is a right of passage that most of us take for granted.

But some have never had a chance to dress up and head out with their classmates to mark the end of their time in school.

Adam Skinner was one such person – until big-hearted Sarah-Jane Curtis invited him to her debs.

Adam is homeless and sleeps rough on the streets of Dublin, where Sarah is a volunteer with ‘March for the Homeless’.

The invite led to offers from the public to provide a tuxedo and shoes for Adam, who says he’s looking forward to the night.

Fair play to Sarah-Jane for inviting him. We hope a good night’s had by all.

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