Thurles is the only named town in Co. Tipperary identified on a list of locations, deemed suitable to house incoming refugees from areas like Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
It has been confirmed that the present Irish Government have fully identified to date; in all some 26 locations in which they plan to house thousands of incoming refugees due to arrive shortly on our shores. So far 129 refugees have arrived here this year from Lebanon and Jordan, with a further 62 from Syria due to arrive before the end of the year.
Besides Thurles, in Co. Tipperary, refugee accommodation has also been identified in the areas of Arklow, Ballina, Carlow, Cavan, Castlebar, Carrickmacross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cork, Killarney, Ennis, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mullingar Monaghan, Naas, Portlaoise, Roscommon, Sligo, Tralee, Tullamore, Waterford, together with four Dublin local authority areas.
The republic of Ireland has committed to the housing of 4,000 refugees over the next two years; in response to the crisis in Syria. Some 3,064 asylum applications were received in the first 10 months of 2015 according to figures indicated by the Irish Department of Justice. Same represents an increase of some 140%, based on the previous year, 2014.
While these new arrivals will be made to feel welcome in Thurles; a major headache for new and as yet unelected incoming Tipperary TD’s will be in the finding of some form of long term employment. Currently the correct unemployment rate in Tipperary (when Tús, JobBridge, etc. etc. is taken into account) stands at 12.4%, compared to the current official rate being erroneously lauded by our present Government TD’s as having being reduced nationally to 9.7%.