LISTEN: Locals express mixed views on multi-million euro plans for Ballinamore

There has been a mixed reaction in Ballinamore to news that a development company are looking to pump up to €30million into the local economy.

Over 150 local residents attended a meeting in the athletic hall on Wednesday night where they heard details of plans revealed by Remcoll Limited, which also include the development of a nursing home, a filling station, and provision for up to 80 housing units.

Among the most contentious plans, however, is the now signed contract for an ‘integration centre’ which will be based near Tesco.

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The meeting was told that over 100 asylum seekers will be accommodated in the town in just over two weeks time and after much discussion and concern over the impact this will have on the community, and a lack of services to adjust to a 15% increase in the town’s population, it was agreed that a local steering group would engage with Justice Department officials urgently to express the communities concerns over the plans to accommodate dozens of asylum seekers next month.

Shannonside FM’s Kevin McGillicuddy spoke to a number of local residents after the meeting who shared mixed views on the project, including Mary

Councillor Ita Reynolds Flynn is a Ballinamore native, and believes the plan to bring over 100 asylum seekers to the town, is taking place too quickly and people are concerned:

Ballinamore previously hosted a number of asylum seekers who lived successfully at the Sliabh an Iarainn hotel.

Pious is a Ballinamore resident and believes the plan is “maddness”

Mairin Martin is the chair of the Ballinamore Area Community Council steering group.

She chaired last night’s meeting and believes time is of the essence is the community tis to be fully prepared for the asylum seekers arrival in November:

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