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Navy set to stay in Mediterranean
01 Sep 2015 19:07
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he will bring a report to the Cabinet tomorrow recommending the renewal of the Irish Navy's presence in the Mediterranean.
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The Navy's rescue operations are continuing in the region as thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea, fleeing sub-Saharan African countries, in an attempt to gain entry into Europe.
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Mr Coveney also defended Ireland's stance on taking in refugees, saying we had been "open and generous" on the issue.
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Ireland has agreed to relocate over 1,000 refugees.
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But he said there was a limit to what Ireland could do from a housing and supports perspective.
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