Terry Glavin: If the Tamils were Irish, would we help?

April 23, 2009 – A desperate humanitarian crisis is facing Northern Ireland, where over 100,000 civilians remain trapped in the crossfire between government forces and the Irish Republican Army. Since fighting intensified in mid-January 2009, available reports suggest 5,000 civilians, including at least 500 children, have died, and more than 10,000 have been injured. Despite reports that tens of thousands have managed to escape over the past few days, information from the ground suggests that more than 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the region.That’s what happens when you take this International Crisis Group assessment and replace ‘Sri Lanka’s northeastern… Read More

Michael Martin’s Statement in the Dail

Notice of matter for the adjournment The urgent need for the Irish government to fully support, and help implement, actions to end the human catastrophe taking place in Sri Lanka between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Tamil Tigers; that is, to help broker an immediate cease-fire by both sides; secondly, to assist in ensuring that humanitarian aid groups have full access to the Tamil area in the north east country where the conflict is centred; such actions being all the more urgent given reports of children being used as human shields.

Film Show at the Irish Film Institute

With the Lives Trapped by the War in Sri LankaThe Untold Story of the Human Relationships 02 February 2008 from 12.30 – 4.10 p.m.At the Irish Film Institute, DublinPurahanda Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day)By Prasanna Vithanage Me Mage Sandai (This is My Moon)By Ashoka Handagama Read more…