Galway - Asylum Seekers rushed in to Seaside Village of Kinvara , no consultation with locals
One local Resident David O'Reilly said that all of a sudden the Minister appeared , with local politicians , Media and NGO representatives .. "The minister was there , the local politicians , the NGOs and the local media were all pushing this over the line , there was a shyness of people to even mention their opposition even though it was there" .
Mr O'Reilly said that he was told by the local Media "we're not allowed to interview you" and added . "I got a text from the local radio station telling me that they will never interview me" .
Mr O'Reilly explained that he and a number of locals protested outside the Hotel on Sunday and took a quick poll of people's reaction to the news .
We were protesting outside the Merriman , we took a poll of 50 local people which is about 5% of the village and found that most people were against the asylum centre , then we asked if you fill up the whole hotel with asylum seekers how would you feel then , 90% of people said that was not acceptable , that would be approaching 10% of a very beautiful tourist village , we asked a couple of other questions , do you think they are economic migrants or refugees , for every 1 person that said refugee , 2 people said economic migrants , finally , this is the most interesting question we asked . what percent of foreign nationals do you think is too much for your village , 40% of people said 10% or less , 30% said 20% or less , of the people who said they were happy with 100 asylum seekers in the hotel those people were quite happy with the number of non nationals in the village to rise to 80 to 100%
In September , a similar proposal to house asylum seekers in the galway village of Oughterard was eventually abandoned after facing strong local opposition and ongoing protests while in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim protests continue against plans to house asylum seekers in a newly refurbished 3 and 4 bed apartment complex while in Achill Co Mayo protesters maintain a vigil outside the Achill head Hotel against the imminent arrival of asylum seekers there.
In August , 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 .
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 from the department of Justice show there were 3,762 asylum applications lodged in Ireland between January and September compared to 2,641 for the same period last year, an overall increase of 42% .
The top 5 Countries of origin for asylum seekers entering Ireland in 2019 are Albania , Georgia , Zimbabwe , South Africa and Nigeria .
Minister of State Seán Kyne announced that a tender process is ongoing in the west of Ireland to find new locations for asylum seeker centres .