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Monday 5 December 2016

Editorial: Swift action is needed to aid refugees

Migrants line-up at a registration point after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia, September 7, 2015
Migrants line-up at a registration point after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia, September 7, 2015

It is now almost certain that Ireland will step up and do her fair share to assist in dealing with the European migrant crisis – the biggest mass migration since World War Two.

Doing so will see a huge increase in the numbers of migrants and refugees that we accommodate here. Tanaiste Joan Burton has now suggested that up to 5,000 will be taken in, though she is reluctant to set an upper limit.

This is entirely appropriate given the sheer numbers of people who have transited into and through Hungary to Austria in recent days, as well as those who continue to make perilous sea crossings from north Africa to Greece and Italy.

This newspaper has reported that all and any options are being considered – and considered swiftly – to house the new arrivals. They may be accommodated in ghost housing estates or even an army barracks.

Such lodgings are infinitely better than the refugees’ current situation. The quicker we move on this the better.

 

Bring on the Kerrymen

It’s the final every Dublin fan dreams of – the Blues taking on Kerry in Croke Park on Sunday week.

Last Saturday’s convincing win over Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final has lined up a mouth-watering clash between Jim Gavin’s men and The Kingdom.

There’s a storied history to the rivalry between the two counties, which will serve to whet the appetites of both sides and their fans for what’s sure to be one of the biggest All-Ireland final days in recent years.

While Dublin’s players are regrouping for the big game their fans have some serious work of their own to do to secure tickets for the final.

It’s going to be a great battle – let’s enjoy the build-up.

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