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Europe must be true to its values and lead the way on refugee crisis – Reilly

9 September, 2015

Speaking today, Sinn Fein Senator and member of the Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affair, Kathryn Reilly outlined her support for the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s call for Europeans to show humanity and dignity towards refugees fleeing persecution.

Senator Reilly said:

“Today’s address to the European Parliament by Mr Juncker, I believe, was the rallying call that Europe needed. As a Union we cannot preach equality and fairness while simultaneously displaying actions of hostility and indifferent towards refugees and the humanitarian crisis.

“The current refugee crisis is a defining moment for Europe and posterity will judge us by our actions and our response. In these turbulent times it is up to the countries of the European Union to be a beacon of hope. Our response cannot be to stand idly by; therefore, it is up to Ireland and other EU member states to accommodate refugees in line with the scale of the crisis. 

“Mr Juncker is correct when he stated that “Europe cannot house all the misery in the world”, and that is why on top of adequately addressing the refugee crisis there is a need for EU member states to strengthen long-term efforts to resolve the root causes of the crisis by advancing political solutions to conflict and inclusive socio-economic development across Africa and the Middle East.

“It is now more than ever that we need to stand by key values upon which the EU was founded, such as respect for human dignity, liberty, equality, and respect for human rights.” 

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