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LÉ Niamh Departs On New Med Mission To Intercept Migrant Boats

6th October 2017
LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today Photo: DiCavo/Flickr

#Navy - The LÉ Niamh is headed for the Mediterranean today (Friday 6 October) for the Naval Service’s first ever role in an operation directly targeting human traffickers.

As BreakingNews.ie reports, the EU mission Operation Sophia aims to intercept boats used by people-smugglers from the Libyan coast and return migrants to North Africa.

However, the pivot away from rescue missions has been criticised by Sinn Féin’s defence spokesperson Aengus O'Snodaigh, who cites “appalling” conditions for returned migrants in Libyan detention centres.

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