Galway : Local Fury at plans to turn Connemara Gateway Hotel into Direct Provision Centre

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Galway : Local Fury at plans to turn Connemara Gateway Hotel into Direct Provision Centre
There was a packed house and angry scenes at a public meeting in Oughterard Galway on Wednesday at speculation that a local hotel , the Connemara Gateway would be turned into a Direct Provision Accommodation centre for Asylum Seekers .

The meeting attended by some 700 people heard from the Minister of State Seán Kyne who told the crowd there was a tender process ongoing in the west to find new locations for asylum seeker centres . It follows a similar announcement last month that €65 million would be spent on direct provision centres for Co Kildare, Co Wicklow, Co Meath and Co Louth .

The Minister was booed and heckled when he told the crowd that Ireland was obliged under EU and United Nations laws to accept and process asylum seeker applications .

One Concerned Local told the minister the town had only one doctor , the schools were full to capacity and it didn't even have a garda station , while Independent TD Noel Grealish explained to people that the asylum seekers would be mostly economic migrants rather than genuine refugees .

Last Month , A Department of Public Expenditure report "Direct Provision : Overview of current accommodation expenditure" indicated that upwards of €120 million would be spent this year on the Direct Provision System , up 50% on 2018 which itself was the highest since 2010.

According to the report , Ireland is experiencing "the highest level of net inward migration since 2008" and the rise in costs is largely due to a rapid growth in the number of asylum applicants , projected this year to be up 40% on 2018.

Figures released by the international protection office show there were 2,680 asylum applications lodged in Ireland between January and July this year compared to 1,949 applications for the same period last year, an overall increase of 37% . The top 5 Countries of origin for asylum seekers entering Ireland in 2019 are Albania , Georgia , Zimbabwe , South Africa and Nigeria .



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