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Concern over tented refugee accommodation in Athlone

Sep 20, 2022 07:09 By Shannonside News
Concern over tented refugee accommodation in Athlone Concern over tented refugee accommodation in Athlone
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The tented village is set to open today.

Conerns are being raised about asylum seekers being housed in tented accommodation in Athlone.

176 asylum seekers are due to move into a tented village alongside a direct provision centre near Lissywollen today.

However, there is no date set for when they will be moved to more permanent accommodation.

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Nick Henderson, chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council, says tented accommodation doesn't meet people's 'basic needs'.

''Emergency accommodation must meet somebody's basic needs and be used for a shorter period as possible we don't think tented accommodation as is currently used and until the end of the autumn we understand it meets those two requirements.''

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