Several women residents of the Lawcus Fields housing estate in Stoneyford, County Kilkenny, have let it be known in a door-to-door survey by The Kilkenny Journal that they prefer to have refugees and asylum seekers housed rather than the homeless local Kilkenny Irish, 2,250 of whom languish hopelessly for years on the Kilkenny County Council housing list.
This was also borne out in door-to-door surveys of nearby Callan and Thomastown in several instances. And the amazing fact to emerge is that it is the local women who prefer the refugees to be housed rather than the local Irish, not the men. It’s typically middle-aged Irish women that are involved.
In fact the women respondents concerned held that it was “racist”for anybody to want to house the Irish applicants on the Kilkenny County Council housing list in preference to the Incomers!
They were, however, very much in a vociferous minority and mostly identified with the Sinn Fein and PBP political parties in the areas concerned.
Meanwhile in Kilkenny city there’s a total clampdown on the news of who’s going to get the new houses and apartments in Ballybought Street, and it’s difficult to discover this as officially those are Respond houses and not local council houses that are being allocated at the moment.
Still, no harm to contact your local councillor that you voted for recently if you want one.