A support group for refugees and asylum seekers is expressing concern at the decision to move up to 20 men from emergency accommodation in Carrick-on-Shannon to a premises in County Clare.
The men arrived from Dublin in June unannounced, with several locals upset at the lack of consultation from the Department of Justice before their arrival in Leitrim. It’s understood that some of the men had jobs in Dublin, and had still been commuting from Leitrim to the capital in order to maintain their employment. However, on Monday the men were told in a letter that they were being moved to new accommodation in Miltown Malbay in north Clare and they had just over 24 hours to pack up their belongings.
In a statement to Shannonside FM, the Reception and Integration Agency claims it is working on moving all families to a small number of dedicated family locations and this can result in “reconfiguration of the limited emergency accommodation portfolio.” It also claims that this may result in single adults being re-accommodated in alternative accommodation in order to facilitate children and families being moved to this location.
Fiona Finn, CEO of Nasc, the migrant and refugee rights organisation, says it’s very worrying situation.