Citizenship Minister Winston Felix on Monday commended the efforts of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee in managing the influx of Venezuelan refugees, successfully averting potential crises that are symptomatic of migratory activities.This Committee comprises various Government agencies and international bodies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); International Organisation for Migration (IOM); Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Taking into account that the influx of migrants was a relatively novel challenge that the Government was faced with, the Committee’s work has significantly stabilised the situation by ensuring that assistance is directed to where it is most needed.Coordination with the international agencies has also paved the way for the acquisition of food and other relief items and the introduction of helpful tools such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which hitherto, was not available to the Government.“Support from the international community assisted us in bringing focus to a number of areas … These sessions [fortnightly Committee meetings] bring together a number of issues which can enable us to plan and move forward with our administration of migrants. When we started, all we knew was that people were assembling here and there, but since then we have been able to provide some sort of temporary shelter for some, while others have been finding shelters for themselves … The coordination has been extremely useful in creating an understanding of what the migrant issues are, what the Government is doing and what the international community is doing,” Minister Felix is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.However, he also said that there was no room for complacency at this stage, noting that there were still areas that required much more work, particularly as it related to the settling of migrants in Region One (Barima-Waini).Meanwhile, at Monday’s Committee meeting, it was disclosed that the current number of documented migrants stood at 2943. These persons have also been screened and vaccinated by personnel from the Public Health Ministry.
We may complain that we don’t get enough tourists in Donegal but we ARE very popular with holiday-makers.DunfanaghyDonegal has been ranked the fifth most popular county for Irish people to stay and have a holiday in Ireland.Kerry is the favourite destination for Irish people holidaying at home, with Galway and Cork in second and third place. Some 26% selected the Kingdom as their favourite county for a break.Galway scored 15.5% and Cork came in on 14.5%; Wexford was favourite with 8%, Donegal 7% and Clare 6%, followed by Mayo, Dublin, Waterford and Kilkenny.When asked what they thought was the country’s least appealing county for a holiday, respondents said Leitrim was the least, followed by Laois and Dublin.More than 1,700 people took part in the survey, carried out by MyHome.ie. DONEGAL IS FIFTH FAVOURITE DESTINATION WITH IRISH HOLIDAYMAKERS was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)