TD Michael Lowry Criticises Governments Performance Regarding Migration


Tipperary TD Michael Lowry launched a blistering attack on Government performance in relation to migration and especially the treatment of Roscrea town in the Dáil yesterday.

Deputy Lowry is calling for an urgent overhaul of migration policy at Government level and an end to the current approach where accommodation is agreed in secrecy and announced at the last minute.  The Dáil heard that “The present unacceptable situation in Roscrea was avoidable had the Government listened, responded and acted to address policing, educational, medical, social and recreational needs of the town.” The TD says there are now a flurry of face-saving proposals after the damage has already been done. 

Deputy Lowry also revealed that a business person has expressed interest in purchasing the currently vacant hotel in Roscrea town centre with the intention of operating a hotel subject to substantial grant assistance from the Government.  The Regional Independent TD now wants the Government to carefully examine a private purchase or the community ownership option before proceeding.

The Thurles based TD also praised the people of Roscrea describing them as compassionate by nature and saying that Roscrea is a friendly welcoming place. Deputy Lowry says Government action has caused immense damage to the image, the social cohesion and the wellbeing of the town and it’s people and adds that it will take a high powered coordinated and managed response to reclaim the shattered confidence of the people of Roscrea.