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There were confrontational scenes at a public information meeting in a Waterford town as anti-immigration activists were among people criticising plans to resettle Syrian refugees there.
The meeting at Lismore Heritage Centre – at which gardaí were present – followed the town’s selection to participate in Community Sponsorship Ireland, a pilot project that seeks to encourage and support local communities to ‘adopt’ and resettle “one or two” refugee families.
The public information meeting was in Lismore today.
Among those addressing the audience of around 160 people were David Stanton, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality,  and Eibhlin Byrne, director of the Community Sponsorship Programme at the Department of Justice, as well as Zuhair Al Fakir, father of a Syrian family of three resettled in Dunshaughlin.

Some of these people have well paying official jobs in immigration.

Most of the objectors were dispersed among the crowd.
They included Dublin-based Rowan Croft, a citizen journalist who recently sparked controversy when filming an anti-racism rally in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, where a hotel earmarked for asylum seekers had twice been torched.
There were calls for him to be ejected by Leftists and spurious claims he was filming the proceedings for a hard-right agenda.
Several times he demanded that Stanton “confirm or deny that there are Isis members in Direct Provision”.
A woman who said she was ‘local’ and a mother confronted Minister Stanton to complain that as an Irish woman she had “not been welcomed” into the community and was suffering substandard housing.
Other persons aired diverse grievances.
One man insisted that “our own people be looked after first”. Another believed the Irish would be “a minority in our own country” amidst concern that “Leo Varadkar intends to bring a million more immigrants into Ireland”.
One individual cited “no democracy in Ireland” on foot of the jailing of Killarney anti-eviction campaigner Brian McCarthy.
There is no longer any acceptance of the refugee situation but rather a serious criticism of the same. People divided off into two bitterly opposed camps, as is happening all over the country.

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