« BackWar of words erupts at Kerry County Council over migrants

A war of words has broken out in Kerry County Council over the intake of refugees.
KCC chamber
11 families made up of 45 people are due to arrive in Kerry by October or November.

The national resettlement programme for refugees will see up to 17 more families arrive in Kerry in early 2016.

Director of Services John Breen says there are currently no plans for more refugees to come to Kerry and said the numbers will not affect homeless services.

Cllr Danny Healy-Rae said he had no objection to taking migrants but said the Government will have to provide separate funding and housing for them; he suggested idle holiday homes could be used.

Cllr Donal Grady, who has worked extensively with those experiencing housing difficulties, told the meeting that charity starts at home adding those who are homeless are going through a torrid time with over 4,000 on the housing waiting list.

Both councillors said we need to look after our own first.

Cllr John Brassil said he was very disappointed by this attitude which he described as unchristian and uncharitable and pointed to the millions who emigrated during the Famine.

Cllrs Grady and Healy-Rae took exception to Cllr Brassil with the former saying he didn’t need a lecture from any Fianna Fail politician and the latter saying Cllr Brassil was trying to elevate himself to the Dail adding that he went to mass most Sundays.