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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.”
“The contract hasn’t been signed. Rome is burning. We don’t want to be fiddling.”
Cllr Walsh said one option would be for business people in the town to buy the hotel.
“The business people of Oughterard should come together and see what they can do, form a company if they have to and buy it out. That’s one option.”
He also suggested banks could invest it in. He also slammed the government for “dumping” their problems on Oughterard as a “quick fix” using underhanded tactics.
“I’m speaking for our people to save a blight on our community. The government cannot come along and dump their problems and woes on the people of Oughterard. This is an attempt at a quick fix at our expense.”
“The reality of the situation is, we have not been consulted but we don’t want to be told about the contract. ”
“We want to be told we’re not getting 300 people, 200 people, 30 families, 24 families. If they want to relocate a percentage share pro-rata as we would do as Christians, that’s fine. Come and meet the people in Oughterard, discuss it and work it out but the notion of going ‘uisce faoi tallaimh’ — going behind our backs — paying off people in the dark of night, security firms harassing our community…people cannot use the footpath today outside that hotel without being harassed….the bully boy tactics are coming in….”
Broadcast: Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan | Galway Bay FM | 12 Sep 2019