Oughterard

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Jubilant protesters  at  the Connemara Gateway hotel  outside Oughterard on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The first thing Barry Clifford did on Tuesday morning when he arrived at the former Connemara Gateway hotel outside Oughterard in Connemara was to sha(...)

The owner of the  former Connemara Gateway Hotel had applied to covert the building into a   direct provision centre Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The developer of a hotel in Oughterard which was earmarked to open as a direct provision centre says he has withdrawn his tender and will not be proce(...)

Some of the people taking part in the silent protest   in Oughterard on Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Department of Justice has been sharply criticised by the Bishop of Galway over its lack of consultation with local people amid ongoing controversy(...)

The Eglinton Hotel direct-provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Recent improvements to Ireland’s under-pressure direct-provision system could be reversed unless enough space is created for new asylum seekers, the J(...)

A protester attends a demonstration calling for the end of the direct provision system in Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has said a lot of concerns raised about direct provision centres prior to their opening have not transpired and they are o(...)

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 u(...)

Direct-provision protest: silent demonstration walking from Oughterard to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel last Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Recent years have seen objections to the opening of direct-provision centres in a number of Irish towns. We visit three of those towns: Roosky, in Co (...)

The Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Department of Justice is in negotiations with the owners of a Connemara hotel to house “less than 250” refugee and asylum seekers there, The Irish(...)

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(...)

Winners of the 40th Lough Melvin Competition (from left), Stevie Ellis and Chris Callaghan with Gareth Foley of Foley Boats (standing) and club president Malcolm Finney.

The picturesque village of Garrison in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland came alive last weekend as hundreds of anglers from across Ireland and abroad gathe(...)

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