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Asylum seekers’ tents remain on Dublin’s Mount St


Around a dozen tents remain outside the International Protection Office off Mount St after hundreds of international protection applicants were offered alternative tented accommodation on the outskirts of Dublin city.

Many of those in the tents were still inside asleep this morning.

Gardaí patrolled the Mount St area regularly overnight and volunteers, one of whom slept in a car overnight, said that there were no incidents.

The Taoiseach said yesterday that the reason why asylum seekers were moved from Dublin city centre to Crooksling yesterday was because there were no sanitary facilities or showers.

They were sleeping rough outside the International Protection Office after the Government stopped providing State accommodation to international protection applicants in December.

The Department of Integration has said that the accommodation on offer will not just be for the St Patrick’s weekend.

Volunteers had warned of a humanitarian crisis in the camp on Mount Street because of a lack of basic sanitation facilities.

However, at least 20 men returned to Mount Street from Crooksling last night.

They said the new location was “too remote” and it was cold when they arrived and they feared it could be colder tonight.

The men said they were promised sanitary facilities in Crooksling, but “they didn’t work”.

They said they understand conditions at Mount Street may be even more difficult than they were before but they prefer to stay there than in Crooksling.

There is also a small number of volunteers on Mount Street.

A number of other men are also expected to make their way back to Mount St later today.


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