As more asylum seekers – children and adults, appear to be securing accommodation in the Business Park in Moneen, Castleabar, a Castlebar councillor has again sought information from Mayo County Council as to the number of International Protection Applicants already being housed in the Business Park and the plans to add more.

Fine Gael councillor Donna Sheridan raised the matter at Monday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council but failed to get any response from council management.

The councillor has been raising concerns about the facilities and services available to children and families living in a busy business park for more than 12 months now, however, she says shehas failed to elicit any direct answers to her question.

She says very clearly that everyone is welcome to Castlebar and Mayo, highlighting the value that international people bring to local communities, but she says as a public representative, she and her colleagues on Mayo County Council, were forced to take the measure they took on Monday last and instruct council staff to cease cooperation with the Department of Integration until such time as a clear strategy  for the provision of local resources and facilities are put in place.

The councillor spoke to Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley about her ongoing concerns, as an increasing number of children and adults are being housed in a busy business park in the county town….







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