Application withdrawn to house asylum seekers in building outside of Wicklow Town

An application to house asylum seekers has been withdrawn at a property outside of Wicklow Town.

The property was being assessed to find out if it would be suitable to house up to 94 people seeking international protection.

The application was withdrawn when it was revealed that it was made by a third-party, and not the owner of the property.

It has since come to light that even the owner did not know that the property was due to house asylum seekers.

Cllr Paul O’Brien told East Coast FM: “I spoke to three other of my councillors and we were totally annoyed that this information has been trickling down again after being given reassurances.

After a couple of phone calls, one to the actual owner of the property, made by councillor Gail Dunne, who knows him – it was confirmed that the owner knew nothing bout the IPAS situation and he was horrified to learn that this was the situation.”

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