Money is being made through housing asylum seekers in temporary emergency accommodation.
A number of hotels and B&Bs in the region are housing asylum seekers temporarily because of capacity issues in the direct provision system. Some are also housed in private, rented accommodation.
The Department of Justice told Northern Sound News that there’s been a 53 per cent increase in the number of asylum applications this year.
However, some in Carrickmacross have raised concern with the number of asylum seekers being accommodated in the town. Claims of an increase in criminality in the area have been denied by Gardaí.
A public meeting planned for the town last night was cancelled after organisers claimed they were being branded as “racist and associated with a right wing group”.
Speaking to The Wider View today, Fiona Hurley of migrant rights group Nasc said the current system of direct provision isn’t working: