In a statement, People Before Profit councillor, John Lyons, has said that Ireland must be more ambitions than it has been in regards to the refugee crisis. Cllr Lyons pointed out that this crisis will only be fixed if nations, both big and small, go above and beyond the call of duty accepting refugees.
Cllr Lyons spoke about the heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead on the beach and the story of the little boys father returning to Syria to bury his family.
Cllr Lyons said: “I am lost for words at what is going on now where so many people are dying in the Mediterranean and the conditions which they have to put up with when they arrive to Europe. It was heartbreaking to seen the image of that little boy, dead on the beach. Having read his father’s account of what happened all I can say is there are no words. I can only imagine the suffering that that man is going through as he prepares to bury his family.
“What we can be sure of is that this story is only a fraction of the untold suffering that is going on at the moment. Thus, I am calling on the Irish government, and governments of countries both big and small to go above and beyond the call of duty in allowing refugees in to our countries. We must welcome these people and give them all the support they need. We must stop throwing around small figures and we must, as a nation, take the lead in helping these people. Now is not the time to sit back and be cautious. These people need help now.
“I would also like to condemn the comments of the Hungarian PM, Viktor Orban, who has suggested that Europe needs to close it borders because we face a ‘threat’. These comments are scandalous and they are an affront to to us all. It is an absolute disgrace and I say shame on him”.