A leaflet titled "Facts about asylum in Ireland" was distributed to some households in Rooskey on the Roscommon/Leitrim border.
Locals in Rooskey community were told ten days ago that the only hotel in the village, The Shannon Key West Hotel, was to be turned into a Direct Provision Centre for asylum seekers without any consultation. Similar announcements were made for hotels in Moville, Donegal, Wicklow town and Kenmare in Kerry in recent weeks.
The leaflet, which was unattributed, contains statistics in relation to asylum seekers in Ireland and Europe.
Some statistics in the leaflet:
- 10% of asylum claims have been granted since 2008 in Ireland.
- 80% of failed asylum seekers are not deported.
- The government has an alleged, undeclared scheme referred to by asylum lawyers as "the scheme that doesn't exist" giving failed asylum seekers and illegals permission to stay in Ireland if they have been here for five years.
- The Irish Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton told the Dáil that before the old Family Reunification program for refugees was altered, one refugee had applied to bring in 70 of their family members and the average number per application was 20. The Seanad last year passed a bill to re-enlarge the scope of family members refugees are allowed to bring in.
One local resident who commented about the leaflet on facebook described the content as "hair-raising".
Another local resident, Gerry Gearty, told Shannonside that the leaflets were not helpful and he hadn’t heard any talk whatsoever about the asylum seekers themselves, only that the hotel would not re-open for tourists which would bring an economic boon to the area.
You can read the leaflet here
A high court action that could prevent the Shannon Key West Hotel at Rooskey from becoming a centre for asylum-seekers is taking place on this afternoon by Paradub Limited who says it entered into an option agreement with owner James Kiernan to buy the premises.
The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton was blasted by callers to Highland radio this week for his failure to consult with locals over the plans to turn Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville into a Direct Provision for asylum seekers.
Broadcast: ShannonSide News | 15 Nov 2018