Ballinamore demonstrators hope to change government’s approach to housing asylum seekers

A Ballinamore community group spokesperson believes they can force the government to change the way it deals with accommodating asylum seekers.

An overnight presence has been maintained at the “Rock Quarter” in the town, after a demonstration began at 9am on Monday morning.

The decision to hold a protest followed a massive turn out at a meeting on Sunday night, at which locals expressed their frustration at government plans to accommodate up to 130 asylum seekers at newly refurbished apartments near a shopping centre in the town.

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Over two-hundred people have put down their name as part of a rota basis to maintain a 24/7 presence at the demonstration with a marquee erected last night and fire pit installed as a source of heat.

The Department of Justice claimed on Monday that it is “confident that any concerns about possible impact on local facilities and services can be comprehensively addressed” at a special meeting between officials and locals this Thursday.

Bryan Cribbin, a spokesperson for the Ballinamore Community Group, told Shannonside FM that they want to stand up for all communities affected by government plans :