Westmeath County Council Pens Letter Calling For Consultation Over Asylum Arrivals

Councillors wants communities to be consulted before plans are put in place for accommodation.

The Department to Integration will be asked to develop a policy around consulting with communities ahead of the housing of asylum seekers.

Westmeath County Council agreed to send a letter to the State, after repeated calls for such from councillors.

The local authority recently met with the Government's Community Engagement Team, however Councillors Denis Leonard and Paul Hogan raised concerns with its policy of consulting with communities after plans were already put in place to accommodate asylum seekers.

The two representatives raised similar concerns at the week's meeting of Westmeath County Council, and new CEO, Barry Kehoe, committed to requesting the Integration Department put a new policy in place.

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