Justice Minister Urged To Pause Opening Of Lisdoonvarna Direct Provision Centre

The Justice Minister is being called on to put moratorium in place on a deal which will see up to 115 asylum seekers to moving into Lisdoonvarna.

A local resident has written to the Minister Charlie Flanagan and his Minister of State David Stanton to intervene in the process to allow for a study on the impact of such an influx of residents into the North Clare village.

The first wave of asylum seekers are due to move in to the King Thomond Hotel on this day next week.


On this day next week, 30 people are due to move into the King Thomond Hotel is Lisdoonvarna, the first of up to 115 asylum seekers to make the North Clare village their home – if the contract is signed.

As it currently stands, all indications point to the deal going ahead, after the hotel’s owner Marcus White spoke of his desire to help people in war-torn countries.

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday coming to brief members of the local community of the resources that will be put in place.

The controversial decision has seen locals from all corners raising concerns, particularly about the impact of a surge in population on local services.

John O’Loughlin of Mary Immaculate Secondary School says any young pupils coming through their doors will be welcomed with open arms but he says they’ll need increased resources.

The Justice Minister is now being called on to intervene in the process so that an impact study can be carried out.

John O’Donnell has written to Minister Charlie Flanagan and his Minister of State David Stanton urging them to call a halt to the deal, saying the town cannot cope with such an influx of residents.