Quigley : Disappointment as motion to help refugees descends into party politicking

24 09 2015



SDLP Coleraine Councillor Stephanie Quigley has expressed her disappointment after an SDLP motion aimed at responding to the refugee crisis facing Europe was defeated in last night’s meeting of Causeway, Coast and Glens Council.

She said: “I am very angry that this effort was scuppered last night because of the introverted vision of some Councillors. This was a chance for the Council to reflect the great efforts of many in our community and the will of the wider public who want to see action to help Syrian refugees.

“There was robust discussion on the motion and an important issue like this demands nothing less but for DUP and Sinn Fein councillors to use a humanitarian effort as a springboard to launch a debate about the IRA is totally inexcusable. It is an insult to the people risking their lives and the lives of their children to escape conflict.

“It is an embarrassment that as of last night, our Council’s official response to this global crisis is to bicker about unrelated matters. The onus is now on those Councillors to reflect on what happened and to get on board with the rest of our people and the global community.

“While this issue may invite debate it should not be an excuse to rescore traditional divisions. This is a matter of life and death and we will not accept inaction.”

Trocaire Emergency Syria Appeal

4 09 2015


The numbers are staggering:

  • 12.2m people in urgent need of humanitarian aid
  • 7.6m people forced to abandon their homes
  • 3.9m people seeking shelter in neighbouring countries

Behind each of those figures are real people, people who have lost everything and urgently need your help.

Trócaire is helping to bring vital aid to the people who need it most.

We are working with local partners to provide food, shelter, clean water and other basic needs for women, children and men forced to flee their homes.

Already, over 93,000 Syrian refugees have benefited from our support.

But this crisis is deteriorating so rapidly that we are appealing for you to help us reach even more people.

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