LÃ Samuel Beckett leaves for mission to counter human trafficking in Mediterranean
LÃÂ Samuel Beckett leaves for mission to counter human trafficking in Mediterranean
15/04/2018 - 08:21:12Back to Ireland Home
The Irish Naval service LÃÂ Samuel Beckett is departing today for the Mediterranean to take part in 'Operation Sophia'.
Ireland first joined the EU naval operation against smugglers and traffickers last October when the LÃÂ Niamh was deployed for a three-month mission.
Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe says the crew will be helping to address some of the root causes of migration and human trafficking.
Mr Kehoe said: "As we all know, Operation Sophia is both a security and humanitarian mission, Ireland has been working in the central Medite rranean for the last number of years.
"It specifically seeks to counter human trafficking and smuggling in central Mediterranean and also it is taking action against the smugglers and disrupting their business that they are carrying out on a daily basis."KEYWORDS: human trafficking, Irish Navy