A Killarney councillor is demanding that a group of 180 male international asylum seekers currently being accommodated in Hotel Killarney be moved out of town.
Cllr Donal Grady said he is very concerned that none of them have been properly vetted and nobody knows anything about their past lives in their native countries.
He said he has being inundated with complaints about a number of incidents over the past 10 days and people are afraid to walk the roads because of the behaviour of some of the men involved.
Cllr Grady claimed that a number of them are intimidating passers-by and they are ruining the town.
“Some of them are real scamps who have been hunted out of Dublin. The town has played its part but 180 of them in one location is too many and people are afraid to walk in or out the road because these men are roaming around in packs,” he told KillarneyToday.com.
Cllr Grady said he has no problems with Ukrainian women and children refugees and he has done all he can to help them, including offering them a house he owns in Rathmore, but something needs to be done about the out-of-control situation with asylum seekers.
“There are far too many of them here. They will destroy Killarney and they will ruin the brand name of the town. We need to get them out,” he said.
He wants Kerry County Council to write to the Minister for Justice to ask her to consider the impact the situation is having on Killarney because the gardai can’t cope with thep roblems that are being brought to the town.
At a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council on Wednesday, Cllr Marie Moloney said local councillors were “getting it in the ear from the public” and the goodwill that existed has changed.
“I know for a fact that there are people who are actually afraid to walk the streets or walk down along the road and I’m not being dramatic.
“This is what the people are telling us. They are nervous. We have created the fear in the people of Killarney by bringing in too many,” Cllr Moloney said.
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