Ballinamore residents feel that bringing in over 100 asylum seekers to the town is madness

A plan to accommodate over one-hundred asylum seekers in Ballinamore without prior consultation with the local population has been described as “madness”.

An urgent meeting with Department of Justice officials is planned for the coming days ahead of the arrival of dozens of asylum-seekers at the beginning of November.

A meeting attended by over 150 residents of the town last night resulted in a steering group agreeing to sit down with justice officials as soon as possible to express their concerns that the town will not able to cope with a 15% increase in its population so suddenly.

Pious is a Ballinamore resident who remembers the town welcoming over 25 refugees who lived at the Sliabh an Iarainn hotel over fifteen years ago.

He told Shannonside FM the plans for such a large ‘integration center in the town is madness.