Plans for IPAS centre in Arklow Eir Building are cancelled

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Both Senator Pat Casey and Cllr. Peir Leonard received correspondence from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth (DCEDIY) that the offer to house Ukrainian refugees in the Arklow Eir Building has been closed.

The DCEDIY responded to multiple requests for clarity on the future of the building, and confirmed that the owners of the building have ceased engagement with the department and that the offer is now considered to be closed.

The e-mail read as follows: “The Department received an offer by the owners of this property for the use of this building for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection fleeing the war in Ukraine. As the property was in need of significant conversion/refurbishment works it was passed on to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for assessment under the Emergency Refurbishment (Ukraine) Programme.

“We understand that the provider ended engagement with the Local Authority. The Department now considers this offer closed.”

Nighty protests took place in Arklow on the weeks leading up to the news, with Arklow locals expressing their frustration regarding the manner in which the government have managed the emergency accommodation system.

Cllr. Peir Leonard wrote on her social media page: “I believe there is so much to be learned about how we deal with situations that hit our local community from the past few weeks. I certainly have gained a lot of insight into my own actions and the way I process and react . I have also gained insight into the massive gaps that exist between local and national government.”

“We live in a beautiful town that is very diverse with all cultures living harmoniously . We have the right model already. Theres a right way and a wrong way build communities so here’s hoping the Government will listen and learn.”

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