Strong Opposition To Direct Provision Centre At Lisdoonvarna Meeting

A public meeting in Lisdoonvarna has heard strong opposition to a planned direct provision centre for the town.

As a result of the adverse weather conditions, Government agencies pulled out of a planned information event last night, but a local meeting still went ahead and saw those in attendance vote against the planned facility.

It’s now due to open at the King Thomond Hotel on March 12th.



The King Thomond Hotel has been earmarked to welcome asylum seekers from March 12th, having been postponed by a week due to the wintry weather conditions.

Government officials last night withdrew from the planned information event, but locals went ahead with their own meeting.

A vote was held by secret ballot amongst those in attendance, and it saw 197 people express opposition to the plan, compared with just 15 who supported it.

It now means that hotel owner Marcus White will be formally asked not to sign the contract to allow the centre to go ahead.

Concern has been expressed about a lack of information from the Department of Justice in relation to the centre, as well as its impact on services in the local community.

The meeting with government agencies is expected to be re-scheduled for next week.