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Wicklow site to provide tented accommodation amid protest

The Department of Integration is considering the provision of tented accommodation at a site in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.

It is anticipated that up to 20 eight-person tents will be made available in the townland of Trudder, to address the shortfall in accommodation for International Protection Applicants.

RTÉ News understands that most of the men from Crooksling will be moved to the Co Wicklow site.

Locals have expressed concern over a lack of consultation from the Government

A protest has been taking place outside the State-owned property, located a short distance outside the village, for the past fortnight.

Locals have expressed concern over a lack of consultation from the Government and a lack of amenities in the village which has grown exponentially in recent years.

Earlier this week, a debate, instigated by the Social Democrats Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore, took place in the Dáil over the lack of accommodation for asylum seekers.

Deputy Brady said ‘the Government’s actions are fostering local anger’

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady said the Newtownmountkennedy community had campaigned for the former local HSE premises at River Lodge House to be transferred to the community.

“We have heard consistently from the department that the premises are not fit for purpose or for human use,” he said.

Deputy Brady said “the reality” was that locals could see bulldozers on the site, stripping back topsoil and putting down hard-core stone along with prefabs.

“Is it any wonder that communities are up in arms? The Government’s actions are fostering local anger and protest,” he added.


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