Plans For 70 Asylum Seekers To Live In Tipp Village Scrapped

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The government plans to provide accommodation for up to 70 asylum seekers in the village of Puckaun will not be progressed according to Tipperary TD Alan Kelly.

The population of the village is approximately 220 and Deputy Kelly says the community could not cope with such a huge increase.

He cited the fact that the local school is full, there are little or no transport links or health facilities and the necessary supports such as translation services might not be available.

A property company Double Property Group intended to use local holiday cottages to house asylum seekers for the State.

Minster Roderic O’Gorman informed Deputy Kelly that the project was not going ahead. Deputy Kelly says the Department should have some specific criteria in mind when selecting locations for asylum seekers accommodation.