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Unexpected refugee centre in Dublin; Residents protest

Dublin: Local residents protested against the sudden conversion of the old ESB building into a refugee centre in Dublin. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Dublin to protest the East Wall, blocking traffic.

The protesters alleged that the refugees were settled here without any consultation. The majority of them are men. The protesters pointed out that they were not refugees after the war.

Around 3.30 p.m., protesters took to the streets. Traffic was blocked when a crowd gathered in front of the entrance of the building. The Gardaí arrived but did not take any significant action. Meanwhile, four people entered the building with plastic bags and luggage.

Nial Ring, an independent councillor for Dublin’s North Inner City, led the protest. The issue, according to Nial Ring, was a lack of consultation with local residents.

Those here have no problem with those who come after the war. However, this is not the case here. Refugees from other countries are being relocated here. He accused the government of not even bothering to inform the locals about who was being transferred to this area.

Simultaneously, Janet Horner of the Green Party’s Dublin City Council explained that the government had informed local representatives of the developments at the former ESB site. She stated that the department would distribute a leaflet to local residents the following week.

Government Explanation:

The Department of Equality explained that the influx of refugees into Ireland is putting significant strain on the government. The number of Ukrainian and foreign refugees is also growing. By December, 15,000 more refugees will be required to be accommodated here. It is difficult to find suitable accommodation for them. As a result, the former ESB office building on East Wall Road has been given away.

For the next 12 months, Gateway Integration Ltd. will run the centre on a contract basis. The department stated that it has opened emergency centres throughout Ireland. More than 40 accommodation sites have been set up in 13 counties since January. According to the department, such sites can also be found in Dublin, Dublin 6, Dublin 11, Dublin 14, Dublin 22, and South County Dublin.

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