Refugee centre u-turn - 'a shame' - Cllr Wadding

By david looby

The former Cedar's Hotel in Rosslare Strand.
The former Cedar's Hotel in Rosslare Strand.

Disappointment was expressed at last week's Wexford County Council meeting that the old Cedar's Hotel in Rosslare will not be converted into a reception and orientation centre for war refugees from Syria.

The Department of Justice and Equality gave the council formal notice of its intention to open the hotel as an emergency reception and orientation centre in June. It said the centre would be up and running by September. But, less than a week later, the Department said the project would not be proceeding because the owner of the Cedar's Hotel still wanted to use it as a commercial hotel.

Cllr Deirdre Wadding described the decision as a real shame.

She said: 'I think we should be really proud of ourselves', adding that the initial plan was outlined in committee and none of the councillors were to comment on the plan.

'And yet it was all over the paper the next day and that may have contributed to the failure. If, in future, some place is identified I would hope that we would be honour bound - like people can be - as it is very important,' Cllr Wadding said.

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