Ballymun has become the latest flash point in an increasingly controversial row over a government policy of opening migrant centres without local consultation.
Protests took place in Ballymun on Saturday and Sunday after local hotels were used to house migrants, with locals saying they would not accept unvetted men in particular in their community.
— Mark Egan 🇮🇪 (@EgoEire) January 7, 2023
Massive crowd biggest so far going to next junction @MalachySteenson helping to organise! There is hope government will have to take note of this as it will only grow all over #ireland #Ballymun #EastWall #killarney #Drogheda #EnoughlsEnough 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/nlWN4Zshky
— Teach Gruama (@Bleakhouse12) January 8, 2023
Recent months have seen protests in East Wall, Finglas, Drimnagh, Tallaght and elsewhere as communities protest the lack of consultation on government immigration policy.
With a record surge in the number of non-Ukrainians arriving in Ireland in the past 12 months, the government has struggled to meet accommodation needs even as the number of homeless Irish citizens also reaches record levels.
However, government spokespersons have refused to say that a cap on the number of migrants coming to the country seeking asylum would be considered.