The Reception and Integration Agency has confirmed to Achill based councillor Paul McNamara that there will be 38 males availing of the Emergency Accommodation in the Achill Head Hotel in Keel.

They will arrive in two groups from next Wednesday.

The ages of the men range between early 20’s to 50’s.

The Agency has not confirmed the nationality of the men, as yet.

In a statement Cllr McNamara says the men will be transported by a contracted private bus driver and vehicle over the duration of their stay.

The Achill Head Hotel will provide Emergency Accommodation for three months.

The Reception and Integration Agency also stated they work closely with the HSE.

It is then the job of the HSE to inform local GPs in the area.

However, the Cllr claims, this is not the case as he has confirmed with local GPs that they were not made aware of an influx of 38 people to the area.

In a statement Cllr. McNamara says Achill as a community has no issues in welcoming people of all nationalities to the community.

However, it was voiced at the public meeting on Wednesday night the proposal at present which is to provide Emergency Accommodation on the site of The Achill Head Hotel is not suitable. He says he appreciates at present Direct Provision Centres and Emergency Accommodation is the only solution available. This is an ongoing issue both past and present governments have failed to address over the past twenty years.

At the public meeting it was agreed the community would stand united on the fact that they are happy to integrate asylum seekers looking to start a new life into our villages and local schools in a different manner. The proposal to provide emergency accommodation on the site of The Achill Head Hotel was brought upon a small village with little to no consideration for the people of the village or to the people availing of the Emergency Accommodation.

The Councillor has emailed the Minister for Justice and Equality David Staunton, asking for a meeting with Officials from the Department but has failed to respond. The Achill based councillor says he has also emailed The Reception and Integration Agency asking for a meeting, they also have yet to respond.

This morning a representative from the Agency confirmed there will be in total 38 males availing of the Emergency Accommodation. 20 will arrive on Wednesday, the remaining 18 will arrive the following week. Their ages range between early 20s to 50s. The Agency cannot confirm the nationality of these men at present.

In regards to how they will be transported over the duration of their stay, there is a private contract in place with a bus driver. At present The Achill Head Hotel will provide Emergency Accommodation for three months. The Reception and Integration Agency also stated they work closely with the HSE. It is then the job of the HSE to inform local GPs in the area. However Councillor McNamara says this is not the case as he has confirmed with local GPs that they were not made aware of an influx of 38 people to the area.

The Councillor says if he does not receive a follow up email he along with representatives from the community are prepared to travel to Dublin to meet with Officials from The Department of Justice or representatives from The Reception Integration Agency.

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