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Minister Stanton Did Not Need to Apologise for Late Announcement to Community of a Refugee Centre in Ballaghaderreen - According to Irish Times Columnist

There was no need for Minister David Stanton to apologise at the weekend for leaving it so late to let the people of Ballaghaderreen know that the former Abbeyfield Hotel in the town is to become a reception centre for Syrian refugees.

That’s the view of Irish Times journalist and Ballaghaderreen native Patsy McGarry writing in today’s Irish Times.

He writes “many in the town believe consultation would have been a disaster. It would merely have provided a platform for the naysayers who are always with us. Everywhere. They would have sown bitter division, prolonged an agony, prevented agreement”.

Midwest News has contacted the journalist this afternoon to discuss his view further and we are awaiting a response to that request.

While Roscommon based TDs and Senators are this afternoon meeting in Leinster House with the Justice Minister Francas Fitzgerald and Minister of State Stanton to provide further information on government plans for the establishment of the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre that is to be located at the former hotel in Ballaghaderreen.


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