July 14, 2015
One thing that many people hate is going to Ireland and not seeing enough Black Africans huddled on the streets.
Let’s work together to change that.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said consideration will be given to accommodating additional migrants who have travelled to Europe.
Ireland previously pledged to resettle more than three hundred Syrian refugees as part of an EU migrant scheme.
During a visit to Cork over the weekend, Mr Kenny said given our history of coffin ships, Irish people have a natural empathy and understanding of the plight of migrants.
“There are two [issues] here: relocation and resettlement. In respect of the refugees from Syria we have already taken twice what was recommended that we should take.
“In respect of the new situation, these are people who are currently in Greece and Italy.
“Because of our tradition and our understanding of this from our own history, we will consider of course taking numbers of people who are currently in Italy and Greece.
“The Minister of Justice attended at the meeting in Luxembourg yesterday and the protocol would have to be approved first of all and then we would have to get consent from the House of the Oireachtas. While we are not obliged officially to participate in this, Ireland can make a decision to opt in.”
Mr Kenny said he was “very proud” of the crew of the LÉ Eithne, which has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, adding there was something “quite emotional” about ships leaving to do humanitarian search-and-rescue work.
I look forward to the day when you can walk down the streets of Dublin, and think you are in Nigeria.
Only then will Ireland truly be free of hatred.