PROTEST The Department of Justice have said they will not now house asylum seekers on Achill Island due to the ongoing protests.
THE ongoing saga with regard to housing asylum seekers in a hotel on Achill Island took another twist this evening, when the Department of Justice and Equality confirmed that they no longer intend to house 13 females there tomorrow (Friday).
The Achill Head Hotel in Keel had been selected as a location to provide emergency temporary accommodation for asylum seekers and the department had intended to house 13 females there from tomorrow onwards for three months.
However, in a statement this evening to RTÉ the department have said that because “an ongoing protest remains in place outside the hotel ... the Department has regrettably decided that, at the moment, to ask the women to move there would not be in their best interests, as they may be vulnerable while awaiting decisions on their protection applications.”
A ‘silent vigil’ protest has been in place at the Achill Head Hotel for a number of days by locals who have stated that they don’t think the hotel is a suitable place to house asylum seekers. A protest also took place at the Department of Justice offices in Dublin.
The Department went on to say that officials have been engaging with public representatives from the area since last week, and last night met elected and community representatives in Achill to discuss their concerns. The Department added it is disappointed at the continuing protest but will continue to engage with the representatives in an effort to resolve the situation.
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