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Refugee quota may rise - Howlin
03 Sep 2015 10:10
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said he is sure Ireland will take in more refugees than the 600 it has already pledged to take in over the next two years.
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Mr Howlin said Ireland would take part in a quota system and that there is a requirement for Ireland to "step up to the plate".
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He said: "This is not simply a European issue... it's a world issue. Some of the difficulties dislodging people from their homelands in Syria and Iraq were not caused by Europeans.
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“We need to have a world response with a real sense of solidarity and humanity and Ireland will certainly measure up to what was asked of us"
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Mr Howlin said there would be a discussion at EU level in the first instance, and then he hoped for a broad UN discussion.
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"Certainly I think there has to be an allocation across the European Union and within the European Union there will be a quota and I think Ireland will measure up to accepting its allocated share. There's no doubt about that."
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However, he said simply taking a quota was not enough and there needed to be a longer-term solution put in train.
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Mr Howlin made his comments as migrants stormed a train at Budapest's main railway station this morning when Hungarian police withdrew from the gates after two days of blocking their entry.
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The main entrance was re-opened shortly before 7.15am Irish time and migrants, some of the 2,000 or so stuck in Budapest since Tuesday, rushed in, heading towards a train at one of the platforms.
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Many tried to push themselves and their children onto the train through doors and windows, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
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A public announcement said however that no international trains would be leaving the Keleti station "for an indefinite period".
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