Thursday, September 4, 2008

Asylum centre staff agree to anti-racism training

STAFF at an asylum seekers' accommodation centre in an isolated village have agreed to undergo anti-racism training, according to the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).

Talks have been ongoing at the centre in Emo, Co Laois since a number of African asylum seekers complained of racism, a lack of privacy and security issues at the former Montague Hotel.

Yesterday, representatives of the IRC and a committee acting on behalf of the asylum seekers met with management to discuss their concerns.

Following the meeting the IRC said that management had committed to undertaking a course to assist them in dealing with the 200 immigrants from more than 20 different countries who are living at the centre.

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