Sister Stan: Ireland Must Act on 1,500 Unaccompanied Children in Calais #Take200 #BringCalaisKids

Ireland Must Act on 1,500 Unaccompanied Children in Calais

The founder of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Sister Stanislas Kennedy, has today (Sunday October 30th) again called on Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD to act on the dire circumstances facing unaccompanied child refugees in Calais. This call is supported by ICTU, by the Children’s Rights Alliance and advocacy group, ‘Not On Our Watch’.

Sr. Stanislas said “Over the last week, the authorities in France had disputed claims by volunteers that, following the demolition of the camp in Calais, more than a thousand unaccompanied children were still there. Last night, President
of France, Francois Hollande, acknowledged that 1,500 at risk children are still in Calais. Unaccompanied, they are
housed in containers. This should shock every citizen of Europe to their core. On Friday I and others said that the
disagreement between France and Britain about who was responsible for these children meant our government should
offer immediately to assist by taking 200 of those at risk. There can now be no disputing the scale of the need, or its
urgency and the longer Ireland stands quietly in the shadows the more shame we bring on ourselves. One last time
therefore I call on the Taoiseach, a self professed European, to act. The EU was established, first and foremost, as a
community of nations. Ireland needs to act as a mature and caring member of that community; move to assist
vulnerable children and in the process demonstrate solidarity with France and Britain.”

This call is made by,
Immigrant Council of Ireland
ICTU
The Children’s Rights Alliance
‘Not On Our Watch’

Facebook: Not On Our Watch 

Twitter: @BeyondBordersIr

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