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154. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she is aware of the continued drowning of migrants in the Mediterranean; that hundreds of thousands of impoverished and vulnerable men, women and children may attempt to cross the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats this summer; and if she has discussed Irish involvement in any life saving measures and programmes with her European counterparts. [19339/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware the Government has sent the LE Eithne to the region to engage in search and rescue, by agreement with the Italian authorities. This is a significant contribution given the size of Ireland's fleet limited and it reflects the Government's desire to assist where it can in this crisis. I would refer the Deputy to my more detailed response to Parliamentary Question No 20217/15 answered today.