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Ireland Initiates Opening of First Large-Scale Asylum Accommodation Centre in Long-Term Protection Strategy

The Irish government is preparing to open the first of six new large-scale accommodation centres for asylum seekers in the coming months, forming part of a broader international protection strategy.

Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman is finalizing an updated plan to accommodate and support those seeking refuge, with a revised white paper expected to be presented to the Cabinet soon. While specific sites and details are yet to be disclosed, it is anticipated that the first centre, potentially housing up to 3,600 people, will commence operations later this year.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin emphasised the need for both state and private accommodation, citing a significant increase in asylum applications in 2023. He rejected claims that Ireland is lenient on immigration, asserting the enforcement of immigration rules and condemning attacks on designated buildings for asylum seekers as a threat to democratic order. The government is addressing disciplinary issues involving Fianna Fáil councillors who made inappropriate comments following an arson attack on a Galway hotel intended for asylum seekers.

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