Irish Navy’s Refugee Rescue Mission

LÉ Róisín. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By R. Bryan Willits, Editorial Assistant
June / July 2016

LÉ Róisín, a first-of-class offshore patrol vessel set sail from Cork on Sunday May 1, on a three month rescue and recovery mission in the Mediterranean Sea. The mission’s objective is to rescue at-risk migrants who have fled from north African nations on rickety vessels in an attempt to reach the shores of Italy, Sicily, or Malta.

So far this year, over 700 migrants have been listed as missing or dead, but LÉ Róisín’s mission is not without hope. The crews of the Irish vessels LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh, and LÉ Samuel Beckett rescued over of 8,500 people during the course of their deployments on similar missions in 2015.

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, welcomed the decision by saying, “At a time of crisis it is important to also acknowledge the vital work our naval crews are carrying out with 8,500 people alive today as a direct result of their actions to date.”

Irish Defense Minister Simon Coveney also said, “The dispatch of an Irish naval vessel represents a tangible and valuable Irish national contribution to assisting with the continuing migration crisis in the Mediterranean.” ♦

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

California High Schooler Wins Surfing Competitions on Tricolor Longboard

Los Angeles area high schooler Emily Rose Flavin, 17, is an award-winning amateur competitive surfer in both short...

More

Irish Woman Among Youngest Ever to Pass New York Bar

When the results of the July New York Bar Exam were posted this fall, Aoife Moore Kavanagh (right), a law graduate of...

More

First American Wins NY Marathon in 40 Years

With a finish time of 2 hours 26 minutes, Shalane Flanagan (below) became the first American in 40 years to win the New...

More

Eileen McDonnell Honored at Concern U.S. Seeds of Hope Awards

Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Penn Mutual chairman and CEO Eileen McDonnell at its 21st annual Seeds of Hope...

More