Independent 4 Change TD Mick Wallace became upset in the Dáil during his contribution on the migrant crisis this afternoon.

He outlined how he and fellow TD Clare Daly visited Calais and Dunkirk two weeks ago and said the only ones making money are smugglers.

He said families are paying €20,000 to get to Britain from Dunkirk.

Mr Wallace called for Ireland to become a champion for minors who are refugees, saying he knew plenty of people who would take them in, and said he would take one himself.

He said he met a child who was 15 who lost his family on the Afghan border, who wanted to come to Ireland or Britain.

Mr Wallace said Ireland had been "so silent" on the role that France, Britain and the US had played regarding the militarisation of the planet.

In an extremely emotional speech, Mr Wallace said that "Somebody from the government should go out to Calais to see what is happening." 

He said that when he was there he was told the story of an Afghan man who fled the country it was found out that a member of his family had worked with the US army.

He was in Calais and found it so tough that he decided to return home. He was dead in two weeks. 
Deputy Wallace said Afghanistan is controlled 50% by the Taliban and 50% by the so-called Islamic State militant group and people should not be returned there.

He said there are good Afghans in Calais and Dunkirk and we should welcome them to Ireland.

He said that there is a potential for Ireland to do things differently but the approach of the Government has been abysmal. 

He said that we are absolutely blessed in Ireland with the opportunities we have as we are not afraid of bombs landing on us or dying of hunger. 

He said that the Afghans, Kurds and Syrians are economic migrants and the Irish were economic migrants themselves we should look again at how we control them. 

LÉ Róisín to depart for Mediterranean

Meanwhile the Minister for Defence has said the LÉ Róisín will depart from the naval base at Haulbowline in Cork on Sunday to assist Italian authorities on search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean.

Simon Coveney said it is "intended that there will be two further rotations with each deployment lasting approximately twelve weeks i.e. up to the max of three naval service vessels deployed over the course of 2016".

Mr Coveney also said the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett rescued more than 8,500 people in the Mediterranean last year.

He added that the number of refugees attempting to make the perilous crossing increases dramatically during the summer.

Ryan calls for increase in overseas aid

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan earlier called for an increase by Ireland to overseas aid. 

He said while he was aware that it would take money from other areas he said it was important to increase that aid. 

Mr Ryan also said more needed to be done here to deal with asylum cases quickly here. 

He said the treatment of people in direct provision needed to change, regardless of what is occurring in the "euro system".

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for European Affairs Dara Murphy earlier said the number of migrant arrivals in the Greek Islands has fallen from 1,400 per day to 130 per day.

Mr Murphy said the reduction was due to the deal between the EU and Turkey.

Contributing to the debate on the migrant crisis, Mr Murphy said the primary objective of the deal was to reduce the number of people coming to Europe using people-smugglers.

"We do need safe and legal routes into the European Union for people fleeing these terrible conflicts, and that's the objective of the agreement that has been reached with Turkey", he said.

He assured the house that the deal had been accepted by the UNHCR and complies with humanitarian international law.