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Protests prevent international protection applicants from accessing accommodation in south Dublin – The Irish Times

The first group of international protection (IP) applicants to arrive at a newly contracted accommodation center in south Dublin were unable to access the facilities due to a demonstration on Tuesday night.

At least one bus was forced to reverse as it reached the center of Ballyogan, near Carrickmines.

Videos on social media showed a group of protesters, including many children, and a large police presence gathered at the road entrance to the facility. Four buses appeared to appear on one of them, although the number of IP applicants destined for the facility has not been confirmed.

It is understood that they were not people recently transferred from the Dublin canal zone, but rather came from temporary centers in Dundrum or Citywest.

A spokesperson for the Department of Equality confirmed that buses had not been able to access the site. Gardaí confirmed they attended the scene.

The Ballyogan facility had until recently been used as a temporary shelter for Ukrainian refugees. It is understood, according to several sources, that an 11-month contract was recently signed with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to use it as a haven for intellectual property applicants amid a growing accommodation shortage crisis.

The facility, adjacent to the council’s Ballyogan Operations Centre, was equipped to accommodate up to 300 short-term displaced Ukrainians.

Tuesday’s protest was the latest held against the accommodation of intellectual property applicants in communities and exemplifies the current difficulties faced by government and state agencies in meeting their legal obligations to provide support.

Last week, Tánaiste Micheál Martin said people were expected to be moved to the Thornton Hall site in north County Dublin within four to six weeks. It is planned to provide them with military-style tents and access to water and sanitation facilities.

However, Helena McGann, spokesperson for up to 20 local residents who formed the Thornton Hall and Environment Support Group, said the infrastructure would not be able to support large numbers of people.

“No one is telling us anything,” he said. “How many people are you planning to put there? There are 162 acres available. “If they fill all that, there will be a lot of people.”

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