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Controversial tent asylum accommodation returns to Co. Clare

A total of 88 asylum seekers have been moved into a tented asylum centre on the Clare-Limerick border, around a month after asylum seekers were moved out of the same venue due to controversy.

This week the Department of Equality and Integration confirmed that the asylum centre in Knockalisheen, Co. Clare is being used once again to accommodate asylum claimants.

However, just last month around 100 asylum seekers were moved out of the same centre as they were being housed in tents during a winter cold snap.

These conditions were described as “inhumane” at the time by local Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe, who lives near the area.

“I have grave concerns. These tents are not appropriate accommodation, certainly not in winter months,” he said at the time.

“I would consider that during wintertime, it is inhumane to have people in tents.”

In addition, the Clare Immigration Support Centre at the time welcomed the decision to remove asylum seekers from the facility.

However, now 88 individuals have been returned to the same site.

Speaking to the, Crowe re-iterated his opposition to the centre’s usage.

“I don’t see what’s changed,” he reportedly said.

“We’re in January and the temperature has risen a bit, but this is still inappropriate for families to be living in.

“My understanding was that after the furore last month and the refugees being moved out, that this was the end of the matter and the tents would cease to exist. I’m utterly disappointed that it’s being used again as accommodation.

“These are army style canvas tents with a raised floor system and rudimentary heating system, but I have heard it didn’t work correctly at all times previously.”

The development comes as Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman warned this week that “the accommodation does remain extremely, extremely tight” and that the state’s services are under “real pressure.”

Last year Ireland received a total of 71,255 asylum seekers, including over 51,955 Ukrainians, and over 19,300 asylum claimants from elsewhere in the world.

Gript recently published a video analysing the surge in migration to Ireland, which can be viewed below.


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