Kerry County Council is having difficulty sourcing suitable accommodation for refugees in Killarney.
The first 11 families from Syria and Iraq will be arriving in Kerry at the end of November. An interagency meeting involving Kerry County Council, Tralee International Resource Centre, Killarney Assylum Seeker Centre, the HSE and the gardai, is taking place on Friday to finalise arrangements ahead of the arrival of the first 11 families. Director of Services John Breen, confirmed the group, that includes 19 children, will be housed in Tralee and Killarney because the services are available there. However, he added that it’s proving more difficult to source suitable accommodation for them in Killarney. The families are currently staying at the refugee orientation centre in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. But he said he hopes to be in a position to outline where the accommodation is by Friday.
He says between 14 and 17 more families will be arriving in Kerry in the first quarter of 2016 and he’s hoping their arrival will be low key and as welcoming as possible.