There was no “far right” penetration of the Oughterard protest! Ireland has a self inflicted “migrant crisis” yet are not prepared to admit it!
Only last Saturday the far right leader Justin Barrett was snowflaked in Eyre Square, Galway, as he tried to penetrate into the West, he has no presence whatsoever in Oughterard, and he was forced to turn back. Continue reading…
Mick Barry, Solidarity/PBP TD for Cork North Central, told Katie Hannon on RTÉ’s Late debate that he believed that the “intervention by the extreme right” in Oughterard was “probably the most successful intervention for the extreme-right in any community in this country so far.”
According to Newstalk, the Department of Justice has said the withdrawal of the Oughterard bid was “disappointing” and will “exacerbate a very serious situation in terms of a shortage of accommodation for those who come to Ireland seeking accommodation”. They warned Ireland was “perilously close” to a situation where accommodation cannot be offered to asylum seekers. Continue reading…
Fazyard’s Seán Lyons, the Direct Provision operator, has withdrawn his tender to turn the Connemara Gateway hotel into a Direct Provision Centre for asylum seekers. biased RTÉ claimed the abandonment of the asylum plans for the town raise a number of questions “like the manner in which far-right groups infiltrated the campaign”. However, they refused to name any such groups directly.
Broadcast: RTÉ News: One O’Clock | RTÉ One | 01 Oct 2019
Thousands of people have joined a second silent march in Oughterard, Co Galway, as local opposition to a direct provision centre being imposed on the small town grows.
Organisers said that the turnout reached some 3000 people. They also said that the Department of Justice had ignored the concerns of the community who had not been consulted on the issue, and who only learned that the centre was being prepared when builders started work on the Conemara Gateway Hotel which had been closed for years.
See full report here: https://gript.ie/3000-march-oughterard-opposition/
RTÉ’s Drivetime heard that a committee from Oughterard who travelled to Dublin to have meetings with both Minister David Stanton and Direct Provision operator Seán Lyons of Fazyard felt they had been intimidated by Lyons.
Fazyard has purchased the Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard and has tendered an application with the government to use it for accommodating asylum seekers. The Sunday Business Post reported that Fazyard last year received €5.5 million for housing about 500 asylum seekers, bringing its total to €33 million over 12 years. Continue reading…
Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/oughterard-protesters-wont-stop-their-protest-until-asylum-plans-are-quashed/
Oughterard protesters have said they will not stop their protest until there are assurances that asylum seekers will not be accommodated at the Connemara Gateway Hotel contrary to the request of the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, for them to “step back while the process runs its course”. Yesterday, there was a collision between a protester and a car belonging to a security firm guarding the premises.
Cllr Thomas Welby said that the resolve of the people is getting stronger rather than weaker.
Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/michael-collins-td-cork-south-west-proper-consultation-needs-to-take-place-with-rural-communities/
Micheal Collins TD for Cork South West says proper discussion and consultation has to take place before hotels are commanded for direct provision centres. A bigger discussion needs to take place which address the real concerns people have and also to be humane for those refugees who need it. Continue reading…
Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/over-1500-march-in-silent-protest-against-accommodating-asylum-seekers-in-oughterard-hotel-yet-rte-ignores-it/
Over 1,500 people marched in a silent demonstration through the town of Oughterard on Saturday in opposition to any plans to accommodate asylum seekers at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. The population of the town was 1,318 according to the 2016 census.
The protesters started their procession at Oughterard church and finished at the hotel. Protesters were asked to wear yellow vests in one flyer.
The march took place a day after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged TD Noel Grealish to “withdraw” and clarify his claim at a monster meeting last week that persecuted Christians from Syria would not be accommodated at the hotel and the people who would be coming were African economic migrants who wanted to “sponge” off the system. His remarks received a huge applause:
Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/the-only-information-that-was-required-was-how-to-stop-this-thing-fianna-fail-councillor-seamus-walsh-on-oughterard/
Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Walsh spoke to Galway Bay FM this morning to discuss the monster meeting last night in Oughterard where locals unanimously voted down any plans to use the Connemara Gateway Hotel to accommodate asylum seekers.
“The only information that I felt was was required last night was how to stop this thing. There was a plebiscite taken with a show of hands and to use the word unanimous…the people do not want this abhorration to come to our village.”
“I’m calling on the people of Oughterard to get out there and find an investor. The only way I can see this being solved peacefully and done properly is for that hotel to be developed as the jewel in the crown that it is — a 64 bed hotel on the Connemara gateway serving the tourist community of Ireland.”
Watch video here: iTV.ie : https://itv.ie/huge-applause-for-td-noel-grealishs-remarks-about-fake-refugees-abusing-the-system-read-transcript-of-his-comments-and-see-leaflets-handed-out-at-meeting/
There was a huge applause at a packed community meeting in Oughterard last Wednesday for Galway TD Noel Grealish over remarks he made about economic migrants abusing the asylum system in order to move to Ireland.
Grealish was speaking at what was described as the biggest political meeting every held in Oughterard in opposition to any plans to accommodate asylum seekers at the Connemara Gateway Hotel. Reports suggest as many as 800 to 1,00 locals showed up at the meeting from a population of around 1,500.
Leaflets were handed out at the meeting informing the community that in 2016, Eurostat revealed that 90% of asylum seekers in Ireland were not considered genuine. However, in 2017, the ESRI revealed that 80% of deportation orders against failed asylum seekers are nev Continue reading…