Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing migrants in schools

Protests erupt in Ireland over government housing migrants in schools

Protests erupted in part of Dublin on Tuesday after it was revealed the Irish government had taken migrants into a local school without informing parents.

Parents are said to have gathered at the entrance of a local school in a Dublin suburb on Tuesday night after it was revealed the Irish government had converted the school into temporary accommodation for migrants.

With housing running out for both newcomers and Irish nationals, the Irish government has taken to relocating significant numbers of migrants to derelict buildings, often without informing local people of such decisions.

One such decision to bring migrants into an area without informing locals appears to have been taken late last year, with Gript Media reporting on protests in Drimnagh after it was discovered foreigners were being housed in the buildings where they were Our Lady of Good Counsel located Infant School and Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School.

The alarm was sounded on Tuesday night after parents reportedly believed they saw an unknown number of migrants enter the building, although it was later revealed they were cleaners leaving the premises for migrant arrivals at an unknown time in the future prepared.

The migrants had indeed been staying at the school during the school’s closure over the New Year and had moved out in time for the start of the new school year.

Since then, at least two protests have taken place at the site – one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday – with the latter demonstrations by protesters blocking a local road seemingly hoping to get their point across.

Events in Drimnagh are similar to those seen on Dublin’s East Wall late last year, when the government outraged locals after moving hundreds of male migrants into a disused office block in the area.

With residents in the area reportedly not being informed of the move in advance, protests in the area quickly gathered momentum, with protesters blocking roads to force the government to reverse its decision.

According to a report by Irish times On Wednesday Irish government officials now believe the current situation is “unsustainable” as the country has no shelter for many potential refugees due to the openness of borders to arrivals.

In a document reportedly prepared by the country’s integration ministry, the country is expected to face a shortage of over 14,000 migrant beds before the end of March as migrants completely exceed the government’s ability to conjure up shelters for them.

The document also reportedly criticizes the government’s “inability to engage with communities appropriately and in a timely manner,” while raising concerns that the “far right” could hold authorities “hostage” in future immigration negotiations if resources are insufficient allocated to crisis management.

the Irish examiner notes that the Gardai (Irish police) monitor protests and alleges that “right-wing groups” are trying to “exploit” local sentiment on immigration issues.

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