Roscommon County Council is about to tender for a lucrative contract for providing services to refugees.
Eighty Syrians will be accommodated in social housing throughout the county as part of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, with the first ones arriving in early in 2018.
When similar groups arrived to other counties, local authorities sought tenders for a
contract to provide services for them.
Extern Ireland, a UK and Irish charity, was awarded the Leitrim contract after offering a range of services for just under €100,000 to 50 refugees.
It said it’d employ a full-time refugee support worker, along with after-school, childcare, travel and interpretation services.
Roscommon council confirms it’ll be tendering for a similar contract shortly, and Independent councillor Valerie Byrne wants it to be awarded to a local organisation.