People in Leitrim are being asked to reflect on their own history and show compassion to refugees and asylum seekers after up to 20 men left an emergency accommodation centre in the county this week.
On Wednesday, a large group of men, who had been living at a premises in Carrick-on-Shannon since June, were moved to new locations around the country, including Miltown Malbay in Clare.
In a statement to Shannonside FM, the Reception and Integration Agency claims it is working on moving all families to a small number of dedicated family locations and this can result in “reconfiguration of the limited emergency accommodation portfolio.”
Shannonside FM understands that the Carrick-on-Shannon emergency centre could be used to accommodate women and children later this month.
Anti-racism campaigners hand-delivered a letter to the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan on Thursday in Carrick-on-Shannon voicing their upset at the move of the men from the town to County Clare.
Leitrim based playwright Donal O’Kelly was involved in some initiatives to help the men settle in Carrick and get involved in the local community.
He believes that the experience of Ireland’s only deportee, Leitrim native Jimmy Gralton, should be used to educate people about the system of direct provision and what refugees experience in Ireland: