Ireland must take more refugees than it has committed to so far, Ministers and TDs have said.
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, said: “We can do more, we must do more, and we will do more. We have the capacity to take more refugees and I am confident we will.”
Seán Sherlock, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, said there was “a case to be made for taking in more refugees.”.
Pat Breen, chair of the joint committee on foreign affairs, said: “I think we could take more. It’s a balancing act. If we were to take an amount proportionate to the numbers Germany is taking, that would be 40,000. Obviously our economy couldn’t take that. But there is room for us to take more.
Jerry Buttimer, chair of the Oireachtas committee on health, when asked whether Ireland should accept more than planned number of refugees said, “Yes. Yes because it’s the right thing to do.”