Fears grow that Thornton Hall ‘Super prison’ site will become major migrant camp in weeks as ‘tent city’ grows again in Dublin city centre – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Fears grow that Thornton Hall ‘Super prison’ site will become major migrant camp in weeks as ‘tent city’ grows again in Dublin city centre




Fears grow from locals that a location originally intended for a “super prison,” hundreds of asylum seekers are expected to be housed in what would be the State’s first sizable migrant camp, reports Independent.

Within the next six weeks, Thornton Hall in north county Dublin will be open as a campground for asylum seekers, and additional locations are being investigated as the Coalition frantically attempts to address migrant encampments in Dublin’s downtown.

Asylum seekers will be housed in a different location close to Carrickmines, south Dublin, that was previously leased by the State to shelter Ukrainian refugees. About 300 individuals can live at the location, reports Independent.

Additionally being looked at are sites that belong to the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the HSE.

Finding abandoned office buildings that can be converted into refugee facilities is another major undertaking.

Using Thornton Hall would be “logical,” according to Taoiseach Simon Harris, and “securing some state land is the best thing to do,” reports Independent.

Over the next several days, a part of the Thornton Hall site—which was originally intended to serve as a “super prison”—will be evaluated to see how many inmates it can house.

The location will provide “military-style” housing and tents for asylum seekers, reports Independent.

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