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“Kinnegad Is Not A Racist Town" Says Local Labour Councillor

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150 asylum seekers are to be housed in a local hotel in Kinnegad.

The residents of Kinnegad will reject all attempts by the National Party and elements of the far right to stir up division in the town, according to Labour Party Councillor, Denis Leonard.

It was confirmed earlier this week by the Department of Integration that a hotel in Kinnegad is to accommodate 150 asylum seekers.

Councillor Leonard commented: “Kinnegad is not a racist town; there are people living here of every nationality, in every corner of the town - many of them get involved in the local clubs and organisations. They are an essential part of our community. 

“We totally reject attempts by people to hijack the town and the sincere concerns residents have, to stir up division and essentially protest against people fleeing war and other tragic circumstances for a shot at a better life in Ireland," he said.

“We have absolutely no problem with people from other countries coming to live, work and thrive here.

"They always have and always will," he insisted.

"The issue for the people of Kinnegad is that putting a large amount of traumatised people living in cramped conditions in a hotel, with no notice, with no facilities set up, is not right for them, is not right for the community and does nothing to build social solidarity.

“I will continue to engage with Government departments and local services to address the concerns of both our community and refugees,” he added.

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