The Burkean –
The ongoing arrival of 220 male asylum seekers at an abandoned retail unit in Finglas yesterday was met with local opposition further underlining the faltering international protection system bleeding onto the mainstream.
Primarily non-Ukrainians, approximately 70 asylum seekers were placed at a recently closed Bargaintown shopping depot with more expected over the coming weeks under the auspices of the International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS).
A noticeable escalation in the asylum meltdown which had previously focused on the cannibalising of hotels rather than industrial units, locals mobilised in the face of the new arrivals having received no notice beforehand.
Already the site of community tension over preferential treatment shown to non-nationals over local Irish families, Fingal County Council previously refused The Burkean’s Freedom of Information request on the percentage of foreigners on the housing list, though 2011 figures showed the majority were non-nationals.
With two Garda cars reported yesterday to monitor local disquiet reports citing heavy security around the centre largely sealed off from the public.