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‘Up to 30,000’ migrant applications are expected this year, says government

During a lengthy debate on migration in the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, there were reportedly concerns raised when senators and TDs were informed that there may be between 26,000 and 30,000 asylum applications this year, reports RTE.

According to reports, Minister of Finance Michael McGrath stated that the matter had “exploded” and that the government’s handling of it needed to be improved during the private meeting at Leinster House.

It is recognised that a number of speakers from the audience had concerns over the way the government is putting out its message, reports RTE.

Darragh O’Brien, Minister of Housing, and Stephen Donnelly, Minister of Health, were among the other ministers present at the meeting.

In addition to attending the PDFORRA conference, party leader and Tánaiste Micheál Martin went out campaigning for the European Parliament.

It is reported that constable James O’Connor voiced concerns on the lack of comprehensive assistance for towns and communities that have welcomed a significant influx of migrants, reports RTE.

It is understood that Minister McGrath declared that immigration had “exploded as a political issue” at the meeting.

He informed the TDs, Senators, and MEPs of his party that changes at the federal level were required due to the fact that public concern about the matter was now widely shared, reports RTE.

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