Vil­lage fears the ar­rival of 82 asy­lum seek­ers

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE -

Mcgowan said many in the area, which has a pop­u­la­tion of just 550, are an­noyed at the lack of con­sul­ta­tion. He added: “Mid-de­cem­ber is when they’re talk­ing about the first peo­ple ar­riv­ing. Last Mon­day we got word.

“Roosky is a very small vil­lage. I feel very sorry for the plight of peo­ple who find them­selves in this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion be­cause of war or what­ever. But they’re sup­posed to be put in this ho­tel and there’s no ser­vices for them and no fa­cil­i­ties.

“I have great sym­pa­thy for those com­ing in and it’s not a case of ‘not in my back yard’ but you need to have fa­cil­i­ties. Roosky just doesn’t.”

The Cathaoir­leach of Leitrim County Coun­cil said the lack of pub­lic trans­port and GP ser­vices as well as a school which is at full ca­pac­ity added to the vil­lage’s un­suit­abil­ity as a lo­ca­tion for asy­lum seek­ers.

CON­CERN Cllr Sean Mcgowan

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