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Threats Made To Burn Down Wicklow Direct Provision Centre

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:18 21 Nov 2022

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Gardaí are investigating after threats were made to set a direct provision centre on fire in Co. Wicklow.

Almost three hundred asylum seekers reside at the former hotel in Wicklow town.

It's understood that two men walked into the facility and threatened to burn the place to the ground. The incident happened just over a week ago.

Meanwhile, the owner of the former Grand hotel, Adrian Shannagher, says he's also got threats over the phone, through emails and on social media;

"I've had a number of emails, a number of phone calls, threat people would call to my family home, we've had all of that stuff, calls in the middle of the night from private numbers."

Tensions have been high in Wicklow town after a number of families were moved out of the direct provision centre to allow mainly single men to be accommodated there.

The centre accommodates almost three hundred asylum seekers, 191 of whom are single men.

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