At a bilateral meeting held in Farmleigh, Minister Fitzgerald introduced Mr Ban to refugees resettled from Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Myanmar, and Afghanistan under the Irish resettlement programme. Those present came from just 5 of the 27 different nationalities resettled in Ireland over the last 15 years.
Addressing the resettled refugees she stated “many of you are now citizens of this Country. Your story is now our story and part of the history of Ireland.”
“Ireland has always and will continue to play our part to ensure that refugees fleeing war, conflict and oppression and resulting poverty are given the opportunity to build a new life. Following recent proposals published by the EU Commission in response to tragic events, Ireland has committed to increasing the numbers of refugees to be resettled in Ireland by 300 persons. 520 people in total will be resettled in Ireland before the end of 2015.
“I will conclude by quoting the words of our Constitution, words to which this event, I hope you will agree, bears witness today - that Ireland affirms its devotion to the ideal of peace and friendly co-operation amongst nations founded on international justice and morality.”