Over eighty refugees to take up accommodation at Ballaghaderreen EROC later this month

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme has confirmed that 86 Syrian refugees are expected to be transferred to the Ballaghaderreen EROC centre this month.

While a plan has yet to be finalised, it is likely that the transfers will take place during next week.

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme says that that the most recent arrival of refugees from Syria to Ireland followed a travel plan put in place by the HSE which included all participants being tested for Covid-19 prior to travel from Syria.

During flights, all passengers adhered to the required safety measures including facemask and social distancing.

A period of quarantine in a designated location for all programme refugee arrivals is now underway with a further Covid-19 test planned prior to relocation into Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROC’s) nationally.

There are currently 145 vacant spaces in the Ballaghaderreen EROC out of a total of 230. Many of those who originally came to the town have now been relocated to other counties.

The group due to arrive in the Roscommon town next week, consists of 18 women, 18 men and 50 children under 18 years.

While the Ballaghaderreen centre had been earmarked for closure some time ago, the Department of Children says it is not in a position to confirm the future plans for the facility,  and that accommodation continues to be needed in EROC centres for the programme refugees brought to Ireland, principally from Syria, under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.