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Irish Government must step up to the mark and assist children at risk in Calais - Mary Lou McDonald TD

27 October, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Taoiseach to intervene and ensure that Ireland "steps up to the mark" in helping unaccompanied children who have been put at even greater risk as a result of the demolition of the refugee camp in Calais.

Deputy McDonald said;

"The Taoiseach must now intervene to ensure that this state steps up to mark in helping unaccompanied children who been put at greater risk following the dismantling of the refugee camp at Calais.

The Irish government has pledged to take 4,000 refugees and to prioritise unaccompanied children. However, we have taken only one unaccompanied child to date. This is far from being good enough.

"The bottomline is that children are at immediate risk and in danger. They need to be brought to safety today.

"The Taoiseach now has an opportunity to show leadership on this humanitarian crisis by following through on the calls of Irish NGOs, trade unions and concerned Irish citizens.

"It is absolutely essential that he instructs the authorities in Ireland to prepare to accept 200 of those children who are most exposed."

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