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O’Gorman denies migrants were moved from tents just for St Patrick’s Day

Opposition MPs’ allegations that asylum seekers on Mount Street in Dublin’s city centre were relocated in honour of St. Patrick’s Day have been refuted by Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman, reports RTE.

After the Government ceased offering State accommodations to applicants for international protection in December, they were camped out in front of the International Protection Office.

The minister stated that, after the site’s availability in recent days, he decided yesterday to relocate around 150 asylum seekers to emergency housing at Crooksling in County Dublin, reports RTE.

Approximately 20 of them departed and went back to the city centre, according to him, and approximately 130 of them stayed the night there.

“It was a decision in light of the fact of the unacceptable situation that had been taking place in Mount Street over the last number of weeks where people didn’t have access to sanitation services, showers, meals and weren’t secure at night,” Mr O’Gorman said, reports RTE.

After hundreds of applicants for international protection were granted alternate tented housing on the outskirts of Dublin city, about a dozen tents still stand before the International Protection Office off Mount Street.

Overnight, Mount Street was routinely monitored by Gardaí, and volunteers—one of whom slept in a car—reported that there were no issues.

The Taoiseach stated yesterday that the lack of restrooms and showers was the reason asylum seekers were relocated from Dublin’s city core to Crooksling, reports RTE.

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