Gavan Reilly tweetz:
Meanwhile: the European Parliament has rejected a resolution asking member states to step up search-and-rescue for refugees in the Mediterranean.
Fine Gael’s four MEPs voted against; it lost by two.
Watch the vote result emerge – to applause – here
Previously: ‘Our Naval Service Is Part Of It’
Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan has tweeted:
Sad, sad day for me. An MEP vote around supporting the rescue of drowning migrants in the Mediterranean has been defeated.
How did the Irish MEPs vote?
Myself + Ciarán Cuffe voted for the motion…along Anderson, Carthy, Flanagan and Wallace.
All 4 FINE GAEL voted AGAINST.
I do not think FG was motivated by racism, heartlessness or anything like it.
Their group argued that rescue efforts act as a ‘pull factor’.
We in @GreensEFA do not agree, but we need to work together on a better outcome for those affected. Hateful language has no place in this.