Operation To Clear Tents Outsi...


Operation To Clear Tents Outside International Protection Office

Emily Keegan
Emily Keegan

08:22 1 May 2024

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An operation is underway in Dublin City to clear tents from outside the International Protection Office on Mount Street. 

Around 200 asylum seekers are sleeping in tents at the location.

Taoiseach Simon Harris has referred to the scenes as a 'makeshift shanty town'.

Residents and local businesses have raised concerns about the situation and have said the issue has been going on for some time now.

The Department of Integration has confirmed the joint operation this morning involving its Department, the Department of Justice, An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works and the HSE.

The Department said: "The purpose of the operation is to ensure the safe movement of people seeking international protection from the tents on Mount Street to International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS)-designated accommodation".

It added the accommodation the asylum seekers are being moved to will have toilets and showers, charging points, indoor areas where food is served, transport to Dublin City and 24 hour security.

The street has been sealed off this morning as the tents are cleared and buses arrive to take those sleeping there to the alternative accommodation.

The Taoiseach has said tents will no longer be allowed to be put up in the area.


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