Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith has expressed reservations about the deal struck between the EU and Turkey in relation to resolving the refugee crisis.

Commenting on the deal Deputy Smith said, “The refugee crisis has been one of the largest humanitarian crises faced by the European Union. It is crucial that this deal upholds our European principles and ideals to ensure that those seeking asylum receive proper treatment.

“It is clear that Europe is facing many challenges, but the current crisis cannot be used as an excuse to renege on the principles on which the Union was founded; those of liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights and dignity.

“Europe must work collectively and humanely to address this appalling crisis, in which tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions have been displaced. Furthermore, it is imperative that we not only deal with the consequences, but also work to try and find solutions to the factors that are contributing to people who are literally risking their lives to reach Europe”.