Twelve refugee families to be based in Tralee and Killarney

Twelve families from Lebanon will arrive in Kerry in the coming weeks as part of the national resettlement programme for refugees. Aras an Chontae, Kerry County Council sign Kerry County Council has confirmed that ten of the families will be accommodated in Tralee while two families will be based in Killarney. An inter-agency team in the county is continuing to make the arrangements for the resettlement. Kerry County Council says there are 12 families to be relocated to Kerry in early December. These families have been invited into the country by the government under UN conventions and have come from Lebanon where there are presently some 1.4 million refugees in a country with the same population as Ireland. 10 families will be located in Tralee with two in Killarney. The interagency group that has been established to oversee and arrange for the resettlement had sought to accommodate six families in Tralee and five in Killarney but the unavailability of accommodation in Killarney has required necessary changes to the plans. The interagency team involves Kerry County Council, Tralee International Resource Centre, the Killarney Asylum Seeker Centre, the HSE and An Garda Síochána. The national resettlement programme for refugees will see up to 17 more families arrive in Kerry in early 2016. The families are currently staying at the refugee orientation centre in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.