Republican News · Thursday 27 April 2000

[An Phoblacht]

MacManus slams Sligo `flotel' plan

The deputy mayor of Sligo, Sinn Féin Alderman Seán MacManus, has slammed Dublin government proposals to dock a so-called `flotel' in Sligo Harbour to house refugees and asylum seekers. MacManus is a member of the Sligo Harbour Board.

He was speaking after he revealed that the government has been in contact with Sligo Harbour Board about the possibility of a `flotel' in Sligo Bay. He said:

``The government should immediately withdraw any plans it has for putting a `flotel' in Sligo Harbour. These `flotels' - which will effectively be prison ships - are not a solution to the refugee housing crisis. They are indicative of the failure of the government to deal properly with this issue. Housing refugees in such a manner will create more problems than it will solve. It is clearly an inhuman way to treat people who are refugees. Refugees are human beings and they deserve to be treated with some respect like the rest of us.''

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