Ballinamore Community Group outline progress on ‘integration model’ with Minister Stanton

The Ballinamore Community Group is hopeful that the Minister for Integration will support their plans for the integration model of accommodating asylum seekers in the town.

Almost 200 people attended a meeting on Saturday night to hear an update from the group on its engagements with David Stanton in the last month.

The model would see asylum seekers accommodated in smaller housing units dispersed throughout the community rather than in a single setting, and would involve community engagement on how many people could be sustained in the area as well as developing a voucher system for asylum seekers to purchase goods in local shops.

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The meeting came less than 24 hours after a three-week long demonstration at the Rock Quarter in the town was stood down, which the meeting heard was not connected to a High Court injunction being secured on Friday against several named protesters.

Instead, the meeting heard that Justice Department officials had given a commitment late on Friday night that no further developments would take place in relation to the town until the Minister assessed the plan drawn up by the committee, and that was why the protest was brought to an end.

The group secured unanimous support form the meeting that it continues in engagement with the Minister for its integration plan and confirmed they would keep the locals briefed on any further developments.

Adrian Smith, who revealed details of the “community integration model” explains more about their plans.