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Ireland should meet its 'international obligation' to support refugees

Apr 22, 2022 14:04 By News Northern Sound
Ireland should meet its 'international obligation' to support refugees Ireland should meet its 'international obligation' to support refugees
“I didn’t plan to leave but the situation was getting worse and worse. I knew it wasn’t going to get better,” says Natalia* when we meet her at a border crossing point in the small town of Siret in north eastern Romania. She has just crossed the border to safety along with her nine-year-old daughter Sofia*, mother Veronica* and the family dog Princess*. Having crossed the border into Romania, Natalia wants to stay close to the border so that when the war ends, they can go home as soon as possible. “My daughter wants to go back to her school, to see her friends and to sleep in her bed.” Sofia’s school was closed on the first day of the conflict and on the seventh day, the school was bombed. “Sofia is very much missing school. She asks me ‘when can I go to school? When can I go to the playground?’”
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Councillor Feeley welcomed the 30 Ukrainian refugees who arrived to his home village last week.

A Cavan councillor believes Ireland should meet its international obligation to support those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Councillor John Paul Feeley says it is "not possible" to cap the number of refugees entering the country, despite capacity concerns to house Ukrainian refugees, with the supply of hotel and B&B places almost exhausted.

While securing long-term housing is proving to be a "huge challenge" according to Cllr Feely, the Blacklion native believes that while it may be "difficult," appropriate accommodation is still out there.

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Speaking with Joe Finnegan earlier today, Councillor Feeley welcomed the 30 Ukrainian refugees who arrived to his home village last week, adding that their arrival has put "everything into perspective."

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