Dáil debates

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Ceisteanna - Questions

International Terrorism

2:15 pm

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

In the first instance, I agree with the Taoiseach that the crisis in Syria and other parts of the region, including Iraq, Libya and the Middle East itself, has seen fundamentalist groups thrive in a dreadful humanitarian situation. We have seen recently, as the Taoiseach and the Leader of Fianna Fáil noted, ISIS attacks in France and Belgium. In recent days, we have had further attacks in France and then Orlando where the worst mass shooting in US history took place. That is where it is playing out. However, the UN revealed this week that more than 10,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean since 2014. It is a huge number of people. Tens of thousands are, even as we speak here, trying to make their way across in what are essentially coffin ships. Since the start of the year, 206,000 refugees have arrived in Europe. These are all linked. The people in Orlando, France and Belgium are all entirely ordinary, innocent civilians. As such, we must assert that religion. gender, colour and nationality are no excuse and that racism, injustice and sectarianism must be challenged. However, we must also apply ourselves to the treatment of the Palestinian people, which must be confronted. That is at the core at a lot of this instability. I put it to the Taoiseach that the recognition by this State of a Palestinian state would make an invaluable contribution.

Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the EU approach of deporting vulnerable people back to Turkey where there is not only a risk but a probability that their human rights will be violated once again. Last year, the Government announced we would take in 4,000 refugees. Can the Taoiseach confirm how many of these refugees have actually arrived?


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