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#FirstRescue - The crew of LÉ Róisín under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, were praised by Minister of State for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, assisting with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

The Minister commenting yesterday stated that "the Naval Service completed their 1st successful rescue mission this morning with the rescue of 125 migrants approximately 40 nautical miles North East of Tripoli. The 125 migrants comprising 107 men and 18 women were retrieved from an inflatable craft earlier today. “

The Minister went on to say that " the Government have approved the return of the Naval Service to the Mediterranean to assist the Italian authorities in tackling this very difficult humanitarian crisis. I would like to thank the crew of LE Róisín for their outstanding work in the Mediterranean today and to wish them continued success in their endeavours".

The operation demonstrates clearly the value of our participation in this important humanitarian response.

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#NavyMedCrisis – Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., yesterday echoed the Taoiseach's sentiments in relation to the deployment of an Irish Naval Service vessel to assist in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean as previously reported on

The Taoiseach stated yesterday at the Extraordinary European Council meeting to discuss the migration crisis that Ireland is prepared to allocate a fully crewed Naval vessel once the legal clarifications are received.

The Minister has been in discussions with the Taoiseach over recent days in relation to possible action which could be undertaken by Ireland to assist with the humanitarian crisis.

In commenting on the Taoiseach's announcement, the Minister stated "I can confirm that the Defence Forces have the capacity to respond to the crisis with the provision of a naval vessel.The Naval Service has long experience of assisting the Coast Guard and in supporting the coordination of search and rescue missions off the coast of Ireland. This experience will be of huge benefit in undertaking a similar role in the Mediterranean".

Agreeing with the Taoiseach, the Minister stated that he was appalled at the continuing loss of life of people making their way to Europe and that the crisis needed not alone a coordinated EU response but also a response from the international community as a whole.

In relation to the deployment of the Naval Vessel, the Minister noted that there are a range of legal and operational issues to be addressed before the vessel can be deployed operationally.

The Minister went on to say that "All efforts are being directed at deploying a Naval vessel at the earliest opportunity subject to the legal and other modalities been finalised. My Department and the Defence Forces have already commenced operational and logistics planning for the deployment and my officials are coordinating the cross-Government issues and modalities. The objective is to ensure we can bring the matter to the Government for final approval as soon as possible."

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