How the far-right is exploiting immigration concerns in Oughterard

Anti-immigrant activists trying to dominate and exploit local debates on direct provision

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Last March, the organisers of a meeting in Lismore, called to help a Syrian refugee family as they arrived in the picturesque Waterford town, had an uneasy feeling as they looked on the 160 people gathered in the community centre.

“We had an idea it was possible some far-right people might come along maybe. We knew from online chatter that they had got it into their heads that a direct provision centre was going to open in the town,” says Lynne Glasscoe of the Lismore Welcome Project.

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