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Up to 700 people attended a public meeting in Oughterard, Galway where there was near unanimous opposition to any plans to accommodate asylum seekers at the Connemara Gateway Hotel. The govt has refused to confirm whether asylum seekers will be housed in the town but Cllr Tom Welby told The Niall Boylan Show last Friday that he believes the hotel is being renovated for this purpose.
You can watch the vote taking place here (video credit to Gearóid Murphy | @gearoidmurphy_ on twitter):
The Irish Times is also reporting that Minister of State Seán Kyne was booed and heckled at the meeting when he told attendees that Ireland was obliged under EU and United Nation laws to accept and process anyone who could prove they had fled persecution and injustices in their own country.
Social Democrats Cllr Owen Hanley has accused TD Noel Grealish of telling a “racist lie” over claims made by far left GARN representative Joe Loughnane that he stated that the majority of Africans coming to Ireland are economic migrants who wish to sponge off the system and that the only genuine refugees in Ireland are Christians fleeing ISIS.
A meeting is taking place in Oughterard under the pretence that a hotel is being turned into a direct provision centre (there's no proof of this). The event has become a platform for racist statements with a Galway TD telling a racist lie. This cannot be accepted or become normal pic.twitter.com/9vBkm4cVeA
— Cllr Owen Hanley (@OwenHanleyLives) September 11, 2019
Hanley created a petition for Grearish to apologise.
You can email Noel Grearish to express your support at this email address: [email protected]
Previously Shannonside broadcaster Joe Finnegan told listeners that Minister for Immigration & Integration, David Stanton, 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.
Broadcast: Nine O’Clock News | RTÉ One | 11 Sep 2019