Government representatives are meeting with locals in Lisdoonvarna this morning over concerns following the announcement that a direct provision centre is being set up in a hotel there.
The King Thomond Hotel on the outskirts of the North Clare village is to house a number of asylum seekers from March 5th.
The Department of Justice has this week confirmed that the King Thomond Hotel will be used as a direct provision centre from March 5th.
The contract for the centre is due to be signed today and it’s understood that up to 115 people could be accommodated at the facility, and it’s owner Marcus White has expressed a hope that families would be brought there.
But many locals in Lisdoonvarna say they haven’t been consulted, which has led to some expressing worry about the impact on services locally.
This morning, they will put those fears to officials from the Reception and Integration Agency, when they visit Lisdoonvarna ahead of the contract being officially signed.