Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing migrants at school

Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing migrants at school

Protests erupted in part of Dublin on Tuesday after it was discovered that the Irish government had moved migrants to a local school without telling parents.

Parents are said to have gathered at the entrance to a local school in a Dublin suburb on Tuesday night after it was discovered that the Irish government was repurposing the school to become a temporary migrant home.

With housing for both new arrivals and Irish citizens now running dry, the Irish government has taken to moving significant numbers of migrants into derelict buildings, often without giving the local population any notice of such decisions.

Such a decision to move migrants into an area without telling local people appears to have taken place late last year, and Gript Media reported on protests taking place in Drimnagh after it was discovered that foreigners were being housed in the buildings which contained Our Lady of Good Counsel Infant School and Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School.

Alarms were raised on Tuesday evening after parents reportedly believed they saw an unknown number of migrants entering the building, although this later turned out to be cleaning staff preparing the premises for the arrival of migrants at an unknown future date.

The migrants had actually lived at the school while it was closed over the New Year period and had moved out in time for the new school term to begin.

At least two protests have since been held at the site – one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday – with the latter demonstrations in which protesters blocked a local road, apparently hoping to get their point across.

The events in Drimnagh mirror those seen in Dublin’s East Wall late last year, with the government upsetting local residents after moving hundreds of male migrants into a disused office building in the area.

As residents of the area were reportedly not told of the move in advance, protests quickly gathered steam in the area, with protesters beginning to block roads in an attempt to force the government to reverse its decision.

According to a report from Irish Times On Wednesday, Irish government officials now believe the current situation is “unsustainable”, with the country’s open borders to arrivals meaning they have nowhere to house many potential refugees.

In a document purportedly drawn up by the country’s Department of Integration, the country is set to see a shortage of more than 14,000 migrant beds before the end of March, as migrants completely outstrip the government’s ability to conjure up places for them to live.

The document will also criticize the government’s “inability to engage with local communities in an appropriate and timely manner”, while also expressing fears that the “far right” could end up holding the authorities “hostage” during future negotiations on immigration if sufficient resources are not allocated to deal with the crisis.

The Irish Examiner notes that the Gardai (Irish police) are monitoring protests, and claims that “right-wing groups” are trying to “exploit” local sentiment on immigration issues.

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