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Protesters to continue to demonstrate outside hotel

A group of protesters in Ballinrobe in Co Mayo has said they will continue to demonstrate outside a disused hotel in the town until they are assured by the Government that it will not be used to house 50 male international protection applicants.

Yesterday evening, local Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke said he had been in direct contact with the owner of the hotel at the centre of the latest protest over the housing of asylum seekers.

He said he had been assured by the proprietor that there would be no contract with the Department in relation to a lease and no further engagement on the matter.

Dept ‘engaging’ with Mayo hotel over plan to house asylum seekers

Meanwhile, the Irish Refugee Council has warned that more than 450 international protection applicants are “without accommodation in freezing temperatures” with the cold weather set to continue this week.

It made the statement on X in response to the situation in Ballinrobe where a protest has been taking place outside a vacant hotel that was due to accommodate 50 asylum applicants from Monday.

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