We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Barriers placed along a stretch of the Grand Canal in Dublin this morning after asylum seeker tents were moved. ©
Dublin City

Criticism of ‘monstrosities’ as barriers erected in place of tents at Grand Canal

Taoiseach Simon Harris said he doesn’t know how long the barriers will be in place for.


THE PLACING OF barriers in Dublin City to prevent asylum seekers from placing tents on Mount Street and the Grand Canal has been described as a “monstrosity” and a “sick joke”. 

Last week, barriers were placed along Mount Street, while this morning a series of barriers were erected along a stretch of the Grand Canal after around 100 tents belonging to asylum seekers were removed.

In a post on X this afternoon, Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon questioned whether the barriers are Fine Gael’s “version of law and order”. 

“Remove these monstrosities from our city,” Gannon said.

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also posted on X, saying: “Is this a sick joke? Do FG consider this a job well done? They genuinely haven’t a clue.” 

Speaking to reporters at Government Buildings this morning, 

Harris said that “barriering off” parts of the city will not form part of a long-term response to the increase in the number of unaccommodated asylum seekers, but that it can be a requirement in the short-term.

“In the short-term that can be a requirement to say ‘this area has been cleared, this area has been sanitised and people have been accommodated and now tents can’t come back.”

International Protection Office-23_90704645 Barriers erected last week on Mount Street © ©

When asked to define “short-term”, Harris said: “I don’t know the answer to that because it will depend on the views of both the gardaí and the city council in relation to this.”

When it was put to him that this could be a number of months he said: “I certainly wouldn’t expect that to be the case.” 

When asked on RTÉ’s News at One today if more barriers will be erected in Dublin City to prevent tents being placed, Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman said “we will deal with situations as they come about”. 

With reporting by Hayley Halpin