KERRY County Council should get advance notice from the government if any further applications are received for a licence to provide accommodation for asylum seekers in the county, a local councillor has suggested.
Cllr Michael Cahill said in view of a lack of medical facilities, transport, employment, water and sewage in many rural towns and villages in the county, the council should have a major input into identifying, on behalf of the department, any infrastructure that would need to be put in place in advance to facilitate the addition of a sizeable number of new citizens.
“We must learn from the botched efforts of the Department of Justice and Equality in setting up a direct provision centre at the Skellig Star Hotel in Caherciveen at the height of the present pandemic,” Cllr Cahill insisted.
He welcomed the fact that the new government intends to end direct provision as a failed concept but he said it must not be replaced with another deeply flawed and inequitable system.
Cllr Cahill moved an emergency motion on the matter at this week’s meeting of Kerry County Council and he wants Kerry to lead the way in solving the nationwide problem.
“There are genuine concerns being raised in places like Sneem, Castlecove and Cahersciveen and solutions need to be put in place now,” he said.
Cllr Cahill said the advice of the Health Service Executive should also be sought and strictly adhered to in advance of any future contracts being signed.
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