Oughterard row: ‘It’s a little town and we like to keep it the way it is’

Locals against the direct provision centre reject the idea that Galway town is racist

Rory Clancy, owner of Powers Bar and Restaurant in Oughterard. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rory Clancy, owner of Powers Bar and Restaurant in Oughterard. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It was business as usual for Oughterard the morning after nearly half the town’s population attended a highly charged meeting called about the State’s plans to turn a long-closed local hotel into a direct provision centre.

Very few wanted to talk about the issue yesterday, but those who did were unhappy that much of the focus has centred on remarks made by local TD Noel Grealish.

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