Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing of migrants at school

Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing of migrants at school

Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing of migrants at school

Protests erupted in part of Dublin on Tuesday after it was discovered that the Irish government had transferred migrants to a local school without informing parents.

Parents reportedly gathered at the entrance to a local school in the Dublin suburbs on Tuesday night after discovering the Irish government had turned the school into a temporary migrant shelter.

As housing for newcomers and Irish citizens dries up, the Irish government has decided to relocate significant numbers of migrants to disused buildings, often without informing the local population of these decisions.

Such a move to move migrants into an area without informing locals appears to have taken place late last year, with Gript Media reporting on protests that took place in Drimnagh after it was discovered that foreigners were being accommodated in buildings containing Our Lady of Good Counsel. Nursery school and Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde secondary school.

Alarms were raised on Tuesday evening after relatives believed they saw an unknown number of migrants entering the building, although it was later found to be cleaning staff preparing the premises for the arrival of migrants at a future date unknown.

The migrants had actually lived in the school when it was closed over the New Year period and had moved out in time for the start of the new school term.

At least two demonstrations have since taken place at the scene – one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday – with the latest demonstrations seeing protesters blocking a local road, apparently in the hope of getting their message across.

The events in Drimnagh echo those seen in Dublin’s East Wall late last year, with the government outraging locals after moving hundreds of male migrants to a disused office building in the area.

With locals apparently not informed of the move in advance, protests quickly grew in the area, with protesters blocking roads in an attempt to force the government to reverse its decision.

According to a report from irish time On Wednesday, Irish government officials now believe the current situation is “unsustainable”, with the country’s open borders approach to arrivals meaning they have nowhere to house many potential refugees.

In a document reportedly compiled by the country’s Integration Department, the country is expected to experience a shortage of more than 14,000 migrant beds before the end of March, as migrants completely overwhelm the government’s ability to find them places. stay.

The document would also criticize “the government’s failure to engage with communities appropriately and on time”, while expressing fears that “the far right” may end up being able to hold the authorities “hostage. “in future immigration negotiations if sufficient resources are not available. be assigned to crisis management.

The Irish Examiner notes that the Gardai (Irish police) are monitoring the protests, saying ‘right-wing groups’ are trying to ‘exploit’ local sentiment on immigration issues.

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