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International Protection Applicants Moved From City Centre

Joe Caulfield
Joe Caulfield

06:26 16 Mar 2024

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Dozens of people who had been sleeping rough outside the International Protection Office in the city centre have been moved.

The international protection applicants were transported to a site in Crooksling, near Saggart this morning, where food, toilet and shower facilities were to be provided.

However, a sizable number returned to Mount Street, unhappy with the conditions of the proposed tented accomodation site.

The encampment of tents, equipment and sleeping materials which had built up around the offices on Mount Street, was dismantled and cleared away by a cleaning team that arrived shortly after their departure.

The move has received criticism from some areas with Labour Justice Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin saying:

"I didn't want to feel cynical, I wanted to feel as if the government was responding to a humanitarian need and were providing better accommodation. I didn't want to have that sense that we were being fooled, now however, I do feel that we've been fooled."

"In Mount Street it's been very much a tented village where people have been open to infection, have been very poorly treated and didn't have sanitary facilities... And what we were told was that it will all be provided for them where they're going, however now it feels as if it's a case of - here's your tent and find a space for it in a field - and that's not what we want."

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