Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/biggest-ever-gathering-in-oughterard-by-locals-has-overwhelmingly-rejected-asylum-plans-for-their-town-will-government-ignore-them-too/
Locals in Oughterard, Galway, tonight rejected any plans to accommodate asylum seekers at the Connemara Gateway Hotel. A packed community meeting was held in the Community Centre where a hand vote was taken. A majority of the townspeople clearly opposed any asylum plans for their town.
Gearóid Murphy who took this video has said on twitter that locals have been telling him that this was the biggest community gathering they’ve ever seen.
So far the government has refused to confirm or deny whether the Gateway hotel will be used to accommodate asylum seekers but Cllr Tom Welby told Niall Boylan last Friday that he believed this was the case.
Previously Shannonside broadcaster Joe Finnegan told listeners that Minister for Immigration & Integration, David Stanton, infamous for having said on RTE that “locals have no say” has stated to him that the lack of consultation with locals when asylum seekers are being moved into a town or village was government policy as “if they informed people, there would be protest and nothing would happen”.
Stanton has been blasted a number of times for failing to consult with locals ahead of moving asylum seekers towns and villages across Ireland.
One person in attendance at the community meeting said that Cllr Tom Welby has stated he believes there is no contract in place for the Connemara Gateway Hotel but contracts are usually signed just before asylum seekers are moved into a town.
Councillor Tom Welby is saying he believes there is no contract in place for the Connemara Gateway Hotel.
The only GP in the area and the school have stated they haven't been contacted by any government department about any changes in Oughterard.@masi_asylum
— Bernadette (@Bernieadufe) September 11, 2019
According to Eurostat in 2016, only 10% of asylum requests in Ireland are recognised as genuine but in 2017 an ESRI study revealed that 80% of deportation orders against failed asylum seekers are never implemented.
First Published: 11 Sep 2019