Doireann Gilna, left, and Ruchika Mathur from Oxfam Ireland
The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin
Campaigners from Oxfam Ireland held a vigil of light last night as part of the global #WithSyria event to show solidarity with Syrians and to mark this weekend as the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives and seen 11 million people flee their homes.
The campaigners are calling on the international community to boost the humanitarian response, do more to prevent attacks on civilians and prioritise a political solution. Oxfam is providing emergency aid to nearly 1.5 million people in the region, including clean drinking water, cash and relief materials, such as blankets, stoves and hygiene supplies.
Members of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), – from left: Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe, Seamus Rattigan and David Morrison) – released a Red C commissioned poll result today on Irish attitudes to intervention in Syria.
They say that approximately 8 in 10 Irish People do not support a war in Syria without a UN mandate – roughly the same number who are now in favour of Irish neutrality.
PANA seeks to advocate an “Independent Irish Foreign Policy, defend Irish Neutrality and to promote a reformed United Nations as the Institution through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns”.