Councillor calls for better engagement with local communities before refugees are housed

There are calls for more engagement with local communities before refugees are housed.

Concerns were raised after four families of Syrian refugees were housed in an estate in Virginia in Cavan.

Some local residents are said to have brought their concerns to the County Council and questioned why no advance notice was given.

However, Sinn Féin’s Paddy McDonald says residents were happy once the Council addressed their concerns.

Cavan is to house 20 families in the coming months as part of the resettlement programme for people fleeing the war in Syria.

Councillor McDonald says there should be more engagement with local communities in the future though: