County Hall on John Street
Kilkenny has resettled 63 Syrian refugees at three locations around the county and are working to resettle a further 40 people later this year.
It is planned to resettle groups of up to four households at various locations “as opportunities for resettlement arise”.
Kilkenny County Council has an overall objective to resettle 140 Syrian refugees and they estimate this will take between six and 12 months. The county will welcome up to eighteen families in all over the coming months.
In a statement, the Council said: “To date Kilkenny has resettled 63 (12 families) Syrian refugees in four locations around the county and are working to resettle a further 40 people (6 families) later this year.
“It is planned to resettle groups of up to four households at various locations as opportunities for resettlement arise.
“The overall objective is to resettle 140 Syrian refugees (approx 25 families) and will take from six to 12 months.”
Families which have been welcomed to Kilkenny since January of 2018 have “settled in well and are becoming active members of their new communities”.
The families have the support of a resettlement worker in the county.
The Council added: “We thank all those who have engaged with the process in any way and in particular those groups and individuals locally who have offered help, support and a warm welcome to our refugees who seek a safe place to live for their families.”
Nationally the Government - through the Irish Refugee Protection Programme - has pledged to offer safety and protection to approximately 4,000 asylum seekers/refugees.
The Programme commits Ireland to offering families and children, who have been compelled to leave their homes due to war and conflict, a place of safety.
The local authority added: “Kilkenny forms part of that response and has agreed to resettle 140 Syrian refugees as part of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.
“Kilkenny County Council chairs a Statutory Resettlement Committee who have been working together with the Department of Justice and Equality to resettle families in Kilkenny.
“This process is supported by a Resettlement Worker and an Intercultural Interpreter, which is all funded through the Department of Justice and Equality, to support families in resettlement as well as to support wider, two way, integration for families and communities.”