The Taoiseach has called on Galway West deputy Noel Grealish to clarify comments he allegedly made about migrants.

The Independent TD is alleged to have made the derogatory comments about asylum seekers at a meeting in Oughterard on Wednesday night last.

Deputy Grealish supports the government in most votes in the Dáil.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on him to make a statement about what he said:

Meanwhile, according to today’s Irish Times , the Department of Justice is in negotiations with the owners of a Connemara hotel to house “less than 250” refugee and asylum seekers there.

The plans to use the long-closed Connemara Gateway hotel near Oughterard, for this purpose led to 700 people attending Wednesday’s meeting. One of the organisers of the meeting, Patrick Curran, has called for one thousand volunteers to take part in “direct action” to prevent the centre from opening.

The Department of Justice’s Reception and Integration Agency says the State has a legal obligation to house and feed people claiming rights to international protection while their claim is being examined.

The department spokesman would not confirm to the Irish Times the location of any new centres but said an evaluation of offers was under way.

 

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