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Fin­u­cane’s wel­come mes­sage

Amidst her celebrity in­ter­views and life­style items, Mar­i­anFin­u­cane (RTÉ Ra­dio 1, Satur­day and Sun­day) can still be pas­sion­ate. On Satur­day, she men­tions a book about the ex­pe­ri­ences of refugee girls, edited by No­bel lau­re­ate Malala Yousafzai. Fin­u­cane hones in on Yousafzai’s sense of dis­place­ment af­ter mov­ing to Birm­ing­ham. “We talk about asy­lum seek­ers and refugees,” Fin­u­cane con­tin­ues, “but I don’t know if we ever ad­e­quately put our­selves in the shoes – if they have them – of those that are com­ing here, how ut­terly dif­fer­ent their life is and how very stress­ful it might be.” She adds, rather hope­fully, that “things are work­ing very well” for refugees in Ire­land, but her ul­ti­mate mes­sage is clear: “Let’s stick with Ire­land of the wel­comes if we can.” In­deed.

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