A Longford Councillor has requested a meeting with the Office of Public Works over plans to construct modular housing for refugees at the former Greyhound Stadium.
Peggy Nolan says she supports Councillor Gerry Warnock who has organised a public meeting next week to discuss the matter.
While both elected representatives acknowledge there's a need to provide accommodation to refugees Councillor Nolan says the greyhound stadium must be left as a recreational amenity as outlined in the county development plan.
She believes the main building at Connolly Barracks should be re-purposed to provide accommodation and she hopes all concerns will be addressed at the requested meeting with the OPW.
"We want to play our part with regard to making our Ukrainian friends, who are going through hell at the moment, feel welcome and safe in our country, and we have done that and we will continue to do that. But the dog track is out of bounds. That's an amenity site. If we could develop the main building on the connolly barracks site, bring it to a high standard, we could house many families".
Meanwhile in a statement on social media this evening Longford Deputy Joe Flaherty says he understands that the OPW is agreeable to hearing the concerns and views of local elected members and that this meeting will take place on Monday December 12th.
Also in the statement it says any suggestion that plans for modular housing at the greyhound track being advanced or finalised is not correct.