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Moment migrant camp dismantled in Dublin as tents destroyed after police move in

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun14,2024

Police in Ireland are dismantling an asylum seeker camp in Dublin city centre, with tents pitched along the Irish capital’s iconic Grand Canal.

The Gardai operation to dismantle the camp pitched began shortly after 7am today, with pictures showing officers moving in.

Workers sprayed numbers on roughly 80 tents before the operation commenced.

The Irish government has said it is not currently in a position to provide accommodation to all male asylum seekers arriving in the country.

The latest figures show there were 1,939 applicants awaiting an offer of accommodation.

Contractors began erecting additional barriers around the site from 5am on Thursday.

More than 90 minutes passed before the international-protection applicants were informed by volunteers they were being asked to move.

The volunteers assisted with uncovering tarps from the tents as they made efforts to ensure the applicants were awake and packed before the operation began. Gardai began to arrive at the scene from 6.45am.

The men started boarding multiple coaches to be transferred to other sites at 7am.

This is the fifth time asylum seekers sleeping in tents have been moved from parts of Dublin city in recent months, twice at the International Protection Office on Mount Street and three times along the Grand Canal.

Hundreds of applicants have been offered State-provided shelter through the operations.

The Government is operating State-provided shelter at multiple sites where it says it has robust, weather-proof tents.

It has said that the sites also have toilets and showers; health services; indoor areas where food is provided; facilities to charge phones and personal devices; access to transport to and from Dublin City Centre; and 24-hour onsite security.

One young man who was offered State-provided accommodation on Thursday said he was fleeing conflict in Somalia. He added that he has been awaiting an offer of accommodation in Ireland since February.

Speaking to the PA news agency, he said that men at the camp were fleeing conflict.

He also said he believes the move to state-provided shelter is good as there is no access to facilities at the makeshift camp. He further expressed concern about “misinformation and propaganda” being spread about the men online and in the media.

Tyler Mitchell

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