Senator Frank Feighan says he shares the concerns of Ballinamore residents

The Fine Gael General election candidate for Sligo Leitrim says he shares the concerns of Ballinamore residents in respect of the number of asylum seekers due to arrive in the town.

Senator Freank Feighan is responding to the Ballinamore Community group which says it’s opposition to proposed housing of 130 asylum seekers in an a apartment compound in the town.

The group was formed after a ‘crisis’ meeting of over 300 people in the town last night.

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The group says asylum seekers coming to Ballinamore are being treated as a “commodity” and is calling on the government to being a program of ” proportional provision, where asylum seekers represent 1-2 per cent of the population and not 15 per cent.

Senator Freighan says while he shares the concerns of the community, it’s best to adopt and wait and see approach.