The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the 25 Africans granted asylum in Ireland from their German ship in the Mediterranean will receive full welfare payments and houses/apartments here in Ireland.
They will be first brought to an induction centre such as at Ballaghadereen for six weeks before they are allocated full citizenship of Ireland, payment of up to 5000 Euro each under Emergency Needs, as well as the full dole.
Next will be a house or apartment for them in the State, such as here in Kilkenny. The entire process will only take a few months. They will, of course, be also entitled to work.
There has been uproar over a refugee in Ballaghadereen who was forced to wait a year for a house, while we hear of a man in Kilkenny who has been 18 years on the housing list here – and still homeless without a house.
[pictured: Togher Way, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny, where refugees got 5 out of 8 new houses, 16 more being built]