ASYLUM seekers living in Macroom's Riverside Park Hotel for the past two years have been given a weeks’ notice advising them that they are to be moved to the other end of the country, according to a support organisation.
Síle Ní Dhubhghaill from Macroom Friends of Asylum Seekers, an organisation that provides help and support to asylum seekers in the town, said that families living in the centre have been informed that they will be moved to Letterkenny next week.
“They were only told yesterday [Tuesday] so they get a weeks’ notice to pack up and move to the other end of the country," she said.
“The centre in Macroom when it opened was always classed as temporary emergency accommodation so originally they were to be here three months and then it became six months and now they’re here two years,” Ms Ní Dhubhghaill told The Echo.
Over the two year period, Ms Ní Dhubhghaill said these families have integrated into the community, with many getting involved in community groups such as Tidy Towns and children settling into schools.
“It’s been two years of building relationships and making a life for themselves and then they get a weeks’ notice that they’re being shipped off to Donegal,” she said.
“One of the families going to Letterkenny next week is quite close to another family.
“The other family have been told they’re being moved in two weeks but they haven’t been told where.”
Ms Ní Dhubhghaill said she understands that families will be provided with “own-door” accommodation in Donegal.
“Instead of living in a hotel room, they’ll have an apartment," she said.
“That is a very positive thing for people, but it’s just that that apartment is six hours away at the opposite end of the country.”