Clare TD opposes migrant centre in Kilrush

An Independent TD for Clare has opposed plans to turn a centre in Kilrush into migrant accommodation “housing 23 men in 10 bedrooms for an undisclosed period of time”. 

Violet Anne Wynne said that she has been told by the authorities that Corliss House in the West Clare town was going to be used to house International Protection applicants – typically those who arrive in Ireland claiming asylum but who do not include Ukrainians – and that she did not believe “that this should go ahead at this location”. 

She said she was making contact with the Minister to voice her concerns directly. “I will also be seeking a tour of the premises at the earliest opportunity. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have,” she added. 

Ms Wynne said that: “There are many reasons why the location of West Clare is not suitable. Nuts and bolts is this, there is a lack of access to public services for the people in West Clare such as GP’s, Dentists and shannondoc to name but a few.”

“The lack of housing across the board is such an issue that my calls so far for emergency accommodation for the existing homeless and the many at risk of homelessness in the West Clare area has not been heeded,” she added.

Clare FM reported that the Department of Integration said: “It is not possible to say with certainty what the length of stay will be having regard to the number of IP applicants arriving in Ireland and the scarcity of alternative accommodation. A 12-month contract has been offered to the provider.”

They’ll be provided with a full board service, including breakfast, lunch and dinner along with high speed fibre broadbrand and other essentials, such as toilet paper, replenished as needed , while fire alarms, fire-fighting equipment and security cameras will be fitted throughout the common walking areas.

The former commercial unit has a valid fire certificate, which has been provided to the Department.

The building is owned and will be operated by David English Electrical Rewinds LTD, who will be providing accommodation to IPAS for the first time.

Protests were held in Inch in County Clare earlier this year with local residents saying they felt “disappointed and letdown” by the government’s decision to suddenly open a migrant centre in the village without consultation.

At the same time, 77 more asylum seekers were set to be placed in the Lakelands Hotel in Scariff.

Sharp and sustained increases in the number of people coming to Ireland claiming asylum have led to the Department of Integration scrambling to find accommodation with 23,194 people in IPAS services at the end of August. In addition, more than 91,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Ireland.

Figures released from IPAS show that most of those in asylum seekers accommodation are not from countries experiencing war – with Georgia, Nigeria, and Algeria being the top three countries of origin.

In addition, figures released by the CSO show that Clare has amongst the highest concentrations of refugees in the country, along with Donegal, Kerry and other counties.
The CSO showed that arrivals from Ukraine as a percentage of the (preliminary Census 2022 de facto) population stood at more 10% in Ennistymon in June of this year, for example, and at almost 8.3% in Kenmare.
Those in international protection are entitled to work in Ireland after six months and can avail of English language classes from the local Education Training Board. An adult resident receives an allowance of €38.80 per week.

 

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