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Work ongoing to repatriate 33 Irish people from Afghanistan

Aug 18, 2021 09:08 By Shannonside News
Work ongoing to repatriate 33 Irish people from Afghanistan Work ongoing to repatriate 33 Irish people from Afghanistan
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The adults and children are hoping to get home in the coming days.

The number of Irish citizens looking to leave Afghanistan has increased to 33 in the last 24 hours.

Work is ongoing to arrange seats on military flights for the 25 adults and eight children.

The Foreign Affairs Minister says he would love "to do more" when it comes to the number of Afghan refugees Ireland accepts.

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Ireland has initially agreed to take 195 people in total who are fleeing the country, but the Irish Refugee Council is calling for the number to be increased to at least 1,000.

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Minister Simon Coveney says repatriating citizens is difficult at the moment.

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