Over 1 ,500 take part in silent protest in Oughterard amid direct provision centre concerns
GALWAY county councillor Tom Welby has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to “come west” to Oughterard and take questions over potential plans fo
Mr Welby was the only politician to attend the event, which began at the village’s Roman Catholic church and finished at the former hotel a mile outside the town.
The march took place a day after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged Mr Grealish to"withdraw" and clarify his claim at a meeting in Oughterard last week that African asylum seekers are economic migrants coming to Ireland to"sponge" off taxpayers.
“The media is focusing on one word, as in “sponge”, “Mr Welby said.
“I’d ask the media to investigate the system of direct provision, rather than focusing on Noel’s remarks,”Mr Welby continued, stating that he believed there was a media attempt to “destabilise the government”.
“I would not condone what he said as these people are in enough trouble,”Ms Earl said.
Mr Curran, who was reared in London but whose parents are from the Oughterard area, said “if you go to a meeting and you fly a drone to catch someone out and then publish their remark in the media, that’s a bit unfair”.
Ms Geri Slevin, a teacher, said she had offered her home to a Syrian family in 2016, but had been very disappointed by a “negative response” from the Department of Justice.
The petition and march were being held to highlight three issues, local publican Rory Clancy said, including “the inhumane method of housing asylum seekers” and the fact that Oughterard did not have the capacity for a reception centre.
"They were housed around Galway, put in houses, they were accepted by communities.Read more: Independent.ie
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