Large crowd continues protest over direct provision centre in Oughterard

Local councillor Thomas Welby estimates up to 3,000 people attended

On Saturday, locals walked from the town of Oughterard out to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel,  where they lined up on both sides of the road before dispersing. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On Saturday, locals walked from the town of Oughterard out to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel, where they lined up on both sides of the road before dispersing. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A large crowd has again taken part in a silent protest in Oughterard, Co Galway on Saturday over the possibility of a direct provision centre being located in the town.

It is understood the Department of Justice is in negotiations with the owners of the Connemara Gateway Hotel on the outskirts of Oughterard to house “less than 250” people while their asylum status is assessed.

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