Statement by the Immigrant Council of Ireland
The new Government must hit the ground running and deliver on promises already made to men, women and children fleeing war, people smugglers and human traffickers, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
The Council says the delays caused by months of political uncertainty must be ended by honouring promises to accept 4,000 refugees into Ireland and restarting the Sexual Offences Bill with its measures to combat sex trafficking.
The Immigrant Council says by acting swiftly the Government can reassure those targeted by war-mongers, smugglers and traffickers that they have at least one ally in Europe.
Brian Killoran, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland added:
“Now that it’s back to business for Irish politics it is time for uncertainty and delays to be replaced by action. As a frontline service provider and Independent Law Centre we are calling for a number of long-standing political promises to be delivered in the first 100 days.
- Set out a firm timeline for the arrival of 4,000 refugees into Ireland as announced on the steps of Government Buildings last September
- Use Ireland’s voice at the EU and UN to demand legal avenues for those fleeing war and terror to reach safety and put humanitarian needs back on the top of the agenda
- Immediately recommence the stalled Sexual Offences Bill and its measures to crush demand for sex trafficking and a range of other crimes
The lack of political leadership and commitment to address these issues has gone on far too long. The Government now has an opportunity to fill that void and show Ireland is a country which will again offer hope and solidarity to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.”