Concerns raised over Dunlavin property being assessed for asylum seekers

A property in Dunlavin has been earmarked to house 32 asylum seekers via International Protection Accommodation Services.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill has raised concerns over the development, claiming that the services and schools in the area are struggling to meet the needs of those already living in the area.

The IPAS are currently assessing the property, which they hope will house 32 asylum seekers. The Dunlavin area is home to approximately 1,074 people.

At the February meeting of Wicklow County Council, Cllr O’Neill reiterated that there would have to be suitable infrastructure in place in order to provide essential services to anyone moving into the town, and that he had already been helping new arrivals in Blessington find schools for their children, a task that has proven difficult.

He stated that this lack of infrastructure, namely lack of school places, was unfair to the teachers, the staff, and of course, the children.

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive Emer O’Gorman agreed that IPAS should not assess houses based on their own merit, but should also take into account the nearby services and amenities available to those under said protection.

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