Sunday 24 September 2017

Mosney asylum firm gave Fianna Fail €4,050

Ailish O'Hora Public Affairs Correspondent

THE company behind the controversial Mosney asylum seekers centre made a political donation of €4,050 to Fianna Fail last year while earning millions in revenue from the State.

The donation falls under the €5,079 that has to be declared by political parties.

New figures for the Mosney company also show it received €8.7m in payments from the State on behalf of asylum seekers in 2009.

The company, majority owned by the Drogheda-based McCloskey family, booked a profit of over €40,000 last year, accounts just filed show.

The accounts also show that the centre employs 87 staff with average salaries of €46,000.



Standoff

Earlier this month, a standoff emerged at the former holiday camp after the Government ordered over 100 single asylum seekers to move to accommodation in Dublin and elsewhere.

The Department of Justice said the transfer would save the State €1.8m annually.

Noeline Blackwell, the director general of the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), recently told a Dail committee that the situation at Mosney was "an accident waiting to happen".

There are currently just over 6,000 asylum seekers in Ireland. Members of the committee recently visited Mosney and a number of other centres.

Committee chairman, Deputy Sean O Fearghail (FF) said: "(It) was a real eye opener. We saw for ourselves how asylum seekers in Ireland live . . . and heard about how they feel regarding the situation."

Irish Independent

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