What is truth?

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Dear Thomas,

My name is Siobhán and I’m the Director of Uplift. As I write, the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war is unfolding before our eyes.[1]The scale of the human tragedy we are witnessing is truly shocking.

At times like these, it’s hard to know what to do given the scale of what’s happening. But these are the moments that define our humanity and as a community this is our opportunity to show leadership.

I’m really upset at the dismal response from our government.They’ve offered to relocate just 600 people over 2 years – surely we can do so much more.[2] We need to go all in to get the government to agree to significantly raise this number.

Will you join me in calling on Enda Kenny to offer refuge to thousands, not hundreds, of people seeking refuge in Europe?

There are a growing number of us speaking out and who want to do something to help. So let’s focus on this first practical step. It’s going to be tough but it’s not impossible.

The government won’t do anything unless they know it’s what the public want. So it’s really important that Enda Kenny hears from as many of us as possible. There are 23,500 of us in the Uplift community. If each of us signed this petition and got one other person to sign, we would be at least 1% of the Irish population. This would show Enda Kenny that there is public support for increasing the numbers of people we can give refuge to.

Irish people know only too well the human cost of being forced to seek refuge. [3] The coffin ships that fill the pages of our history books have returned – this time on the Mediterranean seas.

I for one, can’t stand by and watch this unfolding human tragedy without taking action. If we stand together and speak with one voice we can be really powerful. If ever there was a moment to speak out, it’s now.

Thanks for being involved,

Siobhán and the Uplift team

PS: Even some politicians are clearly uncomfortable about our government’s lukewarm response. Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said this week, ‘history will be very unkind to Ireland if it does not step up to the mark in tackling the refugee crisis.’ So let’s add to this pressure by building a petition signed by thousands of us: Click here to sign the petition

Notes[1] http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/10/10-truths-about-europes-refugee-crisis

[2] http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0830/724456-migrants/

[3] http://www.cobhheritage.com/emigration-famine/

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