Giving Berth



Yesterday morning.

Off the coast of Libya

The crew of the Irish Navy vessel  LÉ Eithne rescued 593 migrants: from six separate vessels, 50 Nautical Miles north west of Tripoli [Libyan capital].​

Operations by the LÉ Eithne have rescued 2,729 people since its deployment on May 16 to assist Italian authorities in search and rescue operations in Mediterranean.

Fair play, in fairness

(David Jones/Photocall Ireland)

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16 thoughts on “Giving Berth

  1. tony

    Good to see Ireland doing her bit abroad. We have a long history of this which Im always proud of. Im sure a few cynics will trample on my romantic notions of ourselves, but seeing how we operate in disasters, development and peacekeeping is something others probably appreciate more than us.

    1. realPolithicks

      I agree with you Tony, but it’s time for Ireland to take the extra step and offer asylum to the people they rescue. Italy and Greece can’t be expected to shoulder the burden alone.

  2. Atticus

    I really feel for these people. How desperate does a person have to be to make a journey like that with their kids.

  3. bisted

    …maybe the LÉ Eithne could sail a bit further and offer some protection to the Gaza Flotilla which is currently being hijacked in an act of piracy in international waters.

    1. Medium Sized C

      Probably would create an international incident sending one of our few ships into a confrontation with an infinitely better equipped naval force, which they would most certainly lose leading, most likely, to a loss of the ship and capture of crew at the very least.

      It is incredibly naieve and a bit stupid to think that doing that would have anything but a net negative result for us, for gaza and for the people in the boats coming from Africa.

      But I’m sure it would raise TONNES of awareness.

      1. bisted

        …yeah…as Joan has pointed out…you can’t have a small insignicant country taking a stand against a bully and then lecturing the rest of Europe.

  4. aine

    great work for sure but its time these figures reflected what is really going on, a breakdown of how many men women and children on each boat is needed so that this can be shown

      1. Joe the Lion

        Preferably some of them who don’t make could be shown in bodybags as well in case we don’t get it.

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