Laois : Rathdowney Locals stunned as Asylum Seekers arrive in town
Rathdowney, Co Laois. Locals were left stunned this week after a former pub in the town was turned into accommodation for asylum seekers .
The Commerical Inn , also known to locals as Peadar’s Inn is being used to house asylum seekers from Nigeria , South Africa , Somalia, Afghanistan, Palestine and Malawi . The asylum seekers are reported to be all single men.
One local Rathdowney man told an Irish Times reporter that behind closed doors locals "aren't happy about it" and feel there is too much migration in the town already but are afraid to say this in public .
A spokesman for the Department of Justice said they could not comment on the use of any individual premises .