Around the clock protest in Ballinamore against Government plan for asylums
Leitrim Observer Reporter
21 Oct 2019
Protest happening in Ballinamore now
A peaceful protest is being held in Ballinamore and is expected to continue "around the clock" until there is a commitment from government to discuss asylum accommodation and direct provision programmes.
A group of people are taking shifts to protest the proposal to bring130 asylum seekers to newly refurbished apartments at The Rock Quarter, Ballinamore. The asylum families who are currently in emergency accommatation are expected to arrive by the end of this month.
Gordon Hughes spokesperson for Ballinamore Community Group said they held a meeting last night and received a mandate from the people of the area to speak for them. He said the number proposed for the town are "unsustainable." He said the small town has no problem "taking a fair share" of asylums seekers but cannot accept these numbers.
He said the peaceful protest is expected to run "around the clock" at The Rock Quarter, Ballinamore until a new plan is devised by the government. RTE are expected to film the protest at around 4pm this evening in time for the 6 oclock news this evening.
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