Carrick residents seek meeting with Minister over sudden arrival of refugees at town premises

Leitrim Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Kenny says he’s seeking a meeting with the Minister for Justice as to why communities are not being consulted ahead of the arrival of asylum seekers into local accommodation.

The Sinn Fein TD was commenting following the arrival of 25 men at a house in Carrick on Shannon yesterday into what’s been described as “temporary emergency accommodation”.

Local residents in the area say they’ re annoyed at not being contacted prior to their arrival, and they want more clarification as to the details of how long the people will be there and what services have been put in place to meet their needs.

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The Reception and Integration Agency says they can’t confirm the arrival of the asylum seekers because they have a legal duty to protect the identities of persons in the international protection process, and must be mindful of the right to privacy of applicants when responding to specific queries.

They say any premises offered to the Department was offered in response to advertisements placed in the national media in January of this year, and the ads had sought bed and board in hotels and guesthouses on a 12 to 24-week basis.

Deputy Martin Kenny says he hopes the experience of the asylum seekers in Carrick will follow a positive tradition of acceptance and integration.

He also says though he can see why local residents are annoyed about the lack of consultation and he’s hoping to clarify that with the Minister as soon as possible…