Protestors marched through Arklow on Saturday following confirmation that the old Eir depot building would be used to house Ukrainian refugees.
The protest, organised by “Arklow Says No”, saw many Arklow locals march through the town’s main street before gathering in St. Mary’s Park for speeches relating to the controversial move.
Protestors had been mobilising in Arklow throughout the week to object to the use of the old Eir depot building as an International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) for Ukrainian refugees. However, Saturday appeared to be their largest turn-out, with hundreds attending the protest which began at the Eir building at 2pm.
Arklow Says No organised the event in order to air the public’s concerns over the potential for unvetted males taking up residence in the town.
Following an emergency meeting on Monday, six local councillors declared that they would not support the use of the Eir building as an IPAS centre, nor would they support the use of a former creche in Rathdrum as an IPAS centre.
The councillors have stated that a lack of information and communication relating to the establishment of the IPAS centres has caused much frustration among themselves as well as the public.