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Mayo County Council Resists Government Plan to House Illegal Immigrants

Mayo: In a notable decision, Mayo County Council has opted against collaborating with the government in facilitating accommodation for refugees, particularly illegal immigrants. The council passed a resolution denouncing involvement in securing lodgings for migrants and urged staff to cease cooperation with the Integration Department in this matter. This move comes in response to the recent controversial government initiative to house 50 illegal male immigrants in a former hotel in Ballinrobe, Mayo. The Department of Integration clarified that families and children were intended to be accommodated at the site.

The council is demanding a comprehensive and ‘agreed strategy’ for applicants seeking international protection before entertaining any such agreements. Until such a strategy is in place, the council has resolved not to engage in arrangements involving refugees.

Peter Flynn, a Fine Gael councillor, emphasised that the government should acknowledge the sentiments of the county. He expressed uncertainty about the implications of the decision but acknowledged the potential challenges it might pose for the government. Flynn highlighted the importance of fostering social harmony among residents and refugees alike, stating that the county’s decision aims to safeguard the well-being of both groups.

“While recognising the historical role of immigration in Ireland’s progress over the past two decades, we must ensure that future immigration aligns with maintaining social cohesion and the prosperity of all residents,” asserted the Fine Gael leader.

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