Migrant Crisis

A ‘most serious’ crisis: week of chaos after attacks

The party leaders have vowed to ‘stay the course’ in providing for refugees, but Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil backbenchers have started to pick up on growing opposition in some communities

Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Integration, and Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing: O’Gorman has appealed for more accommodation for migrants. Picture: RollingNews

Darragh O’Brien, the Minster for Housing, has always kept a deliberate distance from tackling the migrant crisis.

His attitude, colleagues say, is that he is already on the hook for trying to reduce the number of people in emergency homeless accommodation, which stands at just under 12,000.

The Fianna Fáil minister has no intention of taking on responsibility for housing another 20,000 international protection applicants as well – something that is currently the job of ...