Ballisodare residents seek more information on plans to house asylum seekers in village

Government Ministers say finding accommodation for refugees is an absolute priority.


The comments come at the same time it’s being reported that 120 Asylum seekers are expected to arrive shortly in the Sligo village of Ballisodare.


Drew Harris and Ministers Roderic O’Gorman and Simon Harris say finding accommodation for refugees is an absolute priority.


The Garda Commissioner says a number of investigations are underway into recent incidents over housing asylum seekers.



Some residents in Ballisodare say they want more information in relation to the numbers that are due to arrive in the area.


Despite fears over the level of accommodation already in the village it’s emerged that Work on fitting out a number of apartments to house the asylum seekers has been ongoing for the past number of weeks.


Over 100 people are due to be housed in 22 two bedroom apartments at Ballisodare Town Centre.


A number are already in the property with more arriving over the next month or so.  The complex in question will also have Security around the clock.




Ocean FM has been gauging some reaction from local business owners and residents:


In the following piece a local business owner says she is already concerned for her safety and that of her family, while  a local resident tells us that Asylum seekers should be welcomed with open arms to the village:


North West Today on Ocean FM will carry a full report from Ballisodare and reaction to the arrival of asylum seekers later today.