Government Housing Plan – 55 to a single dwelling?

Place closed in 2011.

Sligo News File.

The Dail has been told plans are afoot to move 55 migrants into a single house in Killarney.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae who highlighted  the apparent proposal

Danny Healy-Rae TD

said there has been “no consultation with the local authority or the Garda, whose station is on the same road.

“There are community schools and national schools, including the Presentation convent school and St. Brendan’s College, on the same road.

“Some 55 men are being put into one house.”

Healy-Rae said there was an uproar in the Dail “after a television programme which highlighted large numbers of people staying in a single house in Dublin.”

Remarking that Deputy Stanton, the Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration and Integration was present, Healy-Rae asked: “Will he consult with the community, the Garda and the local authority or will he take this high-handed action without giving local people say in what is happening?”

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan stated the residence referred to by Healy-Rae was closed in 2011.

“Consideration is now being given to re-opening it,” he said.

“I do not have details on the local issues involved, but I will be happy to convey the Deputy’s concerns that there should be an engagement with local public representatives.”

Healy-Rae: “It does not have capacity for 55 men.”