Senator Frank Feighan has paid tribute to the huge goodwill of the local community in Ballaghaderreen as the first group of refugees is set to arrive at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) in the town on Tuesday next, March 7th.
“Huge work has been carried out already by the relevant agencies and the local community to ensure that these Syrian people will be given as much assistance as possible.
“An initial group of 39 people is due to arrive in Ballaghaderreen on Tuesday next while a second group of 40 people is scheduled to arrive a week later on March 14th. I understand that the EROC will then take in another group in the middle of April.
“Given the horror of what these refugees have gone through, this initial intake of 26 men, 18 women along with 35 children under 18 years of age will undoubtedly involve addressing a range of significant needs.
“Apart from the education supports which are being put in place, the HSE has informed me that funding has been provided for the appointment of a Health Liaison worker and for the provision of specialised support to those refugees who have experienced trauma, torture or sexual violence.
“The HSE has outlined to me that a range of other initiatives are also being developed, including a programme aimed at enhancing mental health.
“It is important that the ongoing work, both professional and voluntary, of all stakeholders is acknowledged in respect of supporting these families who have been tragically displaced by war.”