Irish Navy sent to rescue stranded migrants

Ireland will begin efforts in earnest today to tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis – as one of our naval vessels sets sail on a search-and-rescue mission.

The L.E.Eithne will leave Cork bound for the waters between Africa and Europe, where thousands of migrants have already drowned attempting to flee war-torn countries.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney met with the 68 Irish sailors and two army medics on board the naval vessel this morning, before its departure.

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