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Canal tents are ‘not sustainable’ as large number of migrants still sleeping there




After more than 100 tents along the Grand Canal were taken down this morning and the asylum seekers were transported to alternate accommodations, Tánaiste Micheál Martin said that it is “not sustainable” for them to have tents set up along a canal or elsewhere in the public domain, reports RTE.

This morning, the Departments of Integration and Justice, An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, Health Service Executive, and Waterways Ireland conducted a coordinated operation in Dublin.

Teams from several agencies convened on the Grand Canal at 5:30 a.m., and the operation started between 6:30 and 7 a.m, reports RTE.

According to Taoiseach Simon Harris, 168 residents of the Grand Canal neighbourhood were relocated and given the opportunity to live somewhere else. Crooksling was one among the places they were transported.

Speaking in the Dáil following leaders’ questions, Mr Martin said: “It’s not sustainable for tents to be on a canal or anywhere in the public realm, not good for asylum seekers or residents of the area, and I think it’s simply not acceptable and there is a plan resolutely to deal with tents wherever they arise,” reports RTE.

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