Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has made a direct plea to British Prime Minister David Cameron to accept more refugees from Syria and the Middle East.
“The world has been shocked by the harrowing images which have been beamed across the globe in recent days and we all have a responsibility to do everything in our power to alleviate this growing humanitarian crisis,” he said.
“I spoke to David Cameron today and made a direct appeal to him to permit entry to more refugees and to enable regions such as our own to welcome these people.
“I have no doubt the people of the North – and indeed Scotland and Wales – would gladly welcome any moves to allow more refugees to come here.
“My Department has already been exploring the feasibility of how we can do that.
“In fact, Junior Minister Jennifer McCann raised the issue at the Joint Ministerial Committee in June where there was a clear view from the devolved regions that more needs to be done to assist the refugees.
“And while there may be the possibility of taking unilateral steps, the most effective way of taking action would require the cooperation of the British Government.
“David Cameron told me he is open to such a discussion with the Executive and I intend to follow that up with the First Minister and the administrations in Scotland and Wales.”