Syrian refugee family met by protest outside Castlebar home

A protest was staged on Wednesday outside the offices of Mayo County Council in Castlebar over the housing of a Syrian refugee family in a local authority estate in Castlebar.

Those who took part in the demonstration were members of the Travelling community who had been on the waiting list for local authority housing.

It is believed that the Syrian family in question attempted to move into a vacant local authority property in the town on Tuesday but were met with a demonstration outside the house.

The gardai were called and the family was subsequently moved by County Council officials to another house.

The family of protestors then visited Enda Kenny’s office in Castlebar on Tuesday evening to air their grievances on the matter before congregating outside county buildings on Wednesday.

Tuesday marked the arrival of four Syrian families in Castlebar where they are to begin their new lives.

More than a dozen Syrian refugee families will be relocated to county Mayo, with Westport and Claremorris also accommodating families fleeing Syria.

Mayo County Council is coordinating the resettlement of Syrian families with local agencies and organisations throughout the three towns.

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