« BackKerry welcomes five refugee families from Iraq and Syria

Kerry County Council entrance2Kerry County Council has confirmed more refugee families have arrived in the county.

Within the past fortnight, five families from Syria and Iraq have come to Kerry from Lebanese refugee camps.

Since the end of last year, Kerry has welcomed families whose lives have been devastated by civil war in Syria and Iraq.

The first 12 families from Syria arrived at the end of last November and early December.

Within the past fortnight, three families consisting of seven adults and ten children have arrived in Tralee while two families of four adults and ten children have come to Killarney.

This brings to seventeen the total number of refugee families now living in Kerry.

Kerry County Council says the recently-arrived children have been assigned to local schools and childcare facilities while adults will be provided with English language classes. Both grown-ups and children have been signed up to the library service.

An interagency group involving the county council, the HSE, Kerry ETB, An Garda Síochána and the Department of Social Protection is working with the families to deal with any issues that may arise.