Labour calls for cross-party solidarity with refugees

Ivana Bacik TD
11 January 2023

Speaking today in response to the anti-refugee protests which have been taking place in different areas in recent days, Labour leader Ivana Bacik TD has called for a cross-party approach to be adopted in support of refugee welcome groups in communities around the country, and for a zero tolerance from public representatives for any groups or individuals which adopt intimidatory tactics in targeting the homes of refugees, and persons or families seeking asylum.

Deputy Bacik said:

“It is vitally important that public representatives from all parties and none would come together on a cross-party basis to express support for refugee welcome groups in communities around the country, in keeping with the great welcome that has been extended to so many of those who have fled to our shores over the past year seeking to escape war, persecution and suffering. We have seen some disturbing reports about the involvement of far right groups in spreading disinformation in recent days, and we need a more proactive response from government to counter this development.

“We also need a clear commitment from the government to ensure that all necessary resources are put in place for communities hosting refugees, in order to provide necessary additional supports to public services, including healthcare, education, childcare and public transport.

“Over coming days, I will be writing to other party leaders to urge the adoption of a zero tolerance approach towards the use of intimidatory tactics by those who have in recent days been protesting outside the homes of vulnerable families and persons. Such intimidation is not reflective of the hugely positive welcome and the inclusive and open approach seen in communities nationally which have extended such impressive solidarity to those seeking refuge in Ireland.”

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