Public Meeting To Be Held In Clonmel To Discuss Migration

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A public meeting is to be held in Clonmel tonight to discuss migration.  The meeting is being organised by the group protesting against the installation of 82 modular homes for refugees from Ukraine on HSE owned land at Heywood Road.

The meeting will feature a speech by artist Kevin Sharkey and also a contribution from Local Election Independent Candidate Tom Hennessy. Mr Hennessey is to speak on behalf of Sean Meehan.  Mr Meehan has been unable to secure planning permission for a home he provided for himself on lands he owns at Woodinstown, Cahir. A court had previously ordered Mr Meehan to clear a Mobile home and cladding surrounding the home or face prison. Mr Meehan is expected to submit an appeal on his recent refusal to An Bord Pleanála and has a court date on July 4th in Cashel in respect of planning enforcement proceedings. The meeting is due to begin at 7.15pm in the Talbot Hotel, Clonmel this evening.

Meanwhile a group in Dundrum are maintaining a protest at the gates to the Dundrum House Hotel Complex. The group is opposed to the facility becoming a hybrid facility that accommodates refugees from Ukraine and asylum seekers from other parts of the world. The Government announced on May 28th that upwards of 80 women and children would be accommodated in 22 holiday homes at the complex. The group have set up a Go Fund Me appeal with over €2,300  raised to date. The group says the village of 221 people will be unable to cope with an influx of extra people. The Government says the number of people at the Dundrum House Complex will be a maximum of 277 people.

1,030 people have signed a petition launched by the group on change.org that calls on the relevant authorities to reconsider the decision to designate Dundrum House Hotel as an International Protection Accommodation (IPA) Centre due to concerns about the potential impact on community safety and well-being.