Monday 20 April 2015

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, is today attending an emergency meeting of EU Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg, convened following the most recent tragic loss of life of migrants attempting to travel from North Africa to Europe.

Speaking before the meeting Minister Fitzgerald said: “Yesterday’s event is a terrible human tragedy. An urgent response is required to stem the flow of migrants to Europe and to tackle the criminal activity that drives this horrendous trade in human misery. This is an EU issue and an EU solution is needed. The EU must now act as one.

“Today I will reaffirm Ireland's commitment to working with our EU colleagues to provide the best possible response to this extremely difficult issue.”