18 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan has become the first county in Ireland to declare itself a “county of sanctuary”.
Monaghan Co Council at its November meeting, on the proposal of Aidan Murray, seconded by Jackie Crowe, voted to proceed with assuming the designation, which, according to documentation circulated at the meeting, will mark Monaghan out as “a place of safety and welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.”
The decision was not made entirely in harmony, however, with some sharp verbal clashes ensuing between Sinn Féin’s Brian McKenna and Independent councillor Seamus Treanor when Colr Treanor opposed the move and described it as “codology”.
Information circulated to the members in relation to the proposed designation, which had previously been discussed at the Council’s Corporate Policy Group, stated that Monaghan had already been a place of sanctuary for many years, “with people fleeing the conflict in Northern Ireland to seek sanctuary here in the 1970s right up to recent times when UNHCR refugee programme resettled 66 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Monaghan is now home to over 70 different nationalities, reflecting the many people who have sought sanctuary here in recent times.”
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