Councillor Paul McNamara has sought a meeting today with officials from the dept of Justice to voice local concerns on Achill Island and to seek further clarity on the dept’s plan to house 38 asylum seekers at the Achill Head Hotel in Keel.
20 asylum seekers are due to arrive at the hotel tomorrow (Wednesday) with a further 18 asylum seekers to arrive next week. They are all men.
Minister Michael Ring has expressed his fury over the lack of engagement with local people on the island over plans for an emergency Direct provision centre in Keel.
At the weekend, according to the Sunday Times, Minister Ring was critical of the approach of the dept of Justice. He is quoted as saying “you cannot just bring people in with nothing in place for them. You need to give the community information about what is involved and put in place the necessary services.”
The paper reported that Minister Ring conveyed his anger to both Minister Charlie Flanagan and David Stanton that news of the development was “everywhere” last Wednesday before he had any information on the plan.
Minister Ring told Midwest News today that he did not speak to the Sunday Times and has no comment to make on the matter.