Two more refugee families are due to arrive in Kerry in the coming weeks, Kerry County Council has revealed.
A further 17 families are expected to arrive in April under the Refugee Resettlement Programme. So far, 10 families have settled in Kerry under the Refugee Resettlement Programme with two more families expected to arrive in the next two to three weeks. This will bring the total number of people taking part in the programme in the county to 23 adults and 20 children under the age of 12, with a further 17 families expected to arrive in April. The refugees are Syrian and Iraqi and had been in camps in Lebanon for the past number of years. They were invited here by the Irish Government as part of its response to the international humanitarian crisis. Of the 10 families that have arrived since November, eight are in Tralee and two in Killarney. Independent Cllr Michael Cahill said strong rumours were creating concerns in Killorglin, especially among people who have been on the housing list for 10 or 12 years. Director of Services John Breen says it’s not known where the families arriving in April will be housed but this is up to the interagency group overseeing their resettlement, and will be based on the location of services.