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East Wall protests to escalate if Minister O’Gorman does not agree to close migrant centre 

Local people have told Gript that protests against a migrant centre being imposed on East Wall without any consultation will continue if Minister Roderic O’Gorman does not agree to close the centre. 

“Contrary to the impression given by the Irish Examiner and others, the protests at the refugee accommodation centre in East Wall have not ended,” a spokesman told Gript.

Locals have objected strongly to what they say are “unvetted, single males” being placed in the area without any prior discussion.

“What happened today was that the meeting of local residents was informed on Tuesday evening that the protest planned for Wednesday was postponed as the local representatives had been informed that Minister Roderic O’Gorman has agreed to meet them on Friday,” local  spokesperson, Malachy Steenson, said.

“At that meeting the committee will be demanding that the Minister tell them when the accommodation centre will be closed.”

The committee, on behalf of local residents, is giving the Minister seven days to do this, he said. If such a commitment is not made at the meeting on Friday, then a further protest that has been provisionally planned for Saturday afternoon at 2pm, will go ahead.

Steenson made it clear that the local people are not for backing down on this, and that failure to close the centre in the period indicated will mean that the protests will be “escalated.”


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