Asylum seekers are due to arrive at an “Integration Centre” in Ballinamore at the beginning of November.
Over 150 locals attended a specially convened meeting last night to hear ambitious plans for a multi-million euro development, in the town, which will also include accommodation for up to 130 refugees.
The plans, unveiled by Remcoll Limited, also include the development of a nursing home, a filling station, and provision for up to 80 housing units.
The multi-million euro plans, which first became public knowledge early on Wednesday morning through local media outlets, were greeted with confusion and skepticism by locals who questioned the need for such large scale development in the town.
Residents also expressed their concern over a contract signed just this week which will see up to 100 asylum seekers accommodated in the town in just over two weeks’ time.
Mary Conlon was one of several locals who spoke at the meeting and expressed her concerns
After two hours of discussion, the meeting agreed that a local steering group would engage with Justice Department officials urgently to express the community’s concerns over the plans to accommodate dozens of asylum seekers next month.
Local Councillor Ita Reynolds Flynn says locals feel there are simply not enough services to properly help new people integrate :