PODCAST: Controversy in Ballaghaderreen over new Pakistani newspaper

A contributor to a new Pakistani newspaper claims sending Syrian asylum-seekers to Ballaghaderreen is like sending them to prison.

The first edition of Leader News, which covers Roscommon and Longford and five other counties, was published last week, with 12,000 printed.

It was circulated in various locations, including in Ballaghaderreen.

Speaking on Monday’s Let Talk, Mohammed Aslam, who wrote several of the articles about Ballaghaderreen, claims the town is like a ‘desert’, with no jobs, activity or leisure centre, and that the Syrians will feel ‘punished’ in the area.

Yet resident Michael Scally disagrees.

Hear the full discussion below: