Ballycastle Councillor asks council to be an area of sanctuary for those caught in the conflict in Ukraine

Ballycastle Councillor asks council to be an area of sanctuary for those caught in the conflict in Ukraine

Ballycastle Sinn Fein Councillor, Cara McShane, has asked Causeway Coast and Glens Council to be an area of sanctuary for those caught in the conflict in Ukraine.


Cllr Cara McShane has tabled the item for discussion at Tuesday night's Leisure and Development Committee meeting, to discuss what ways the Council can offer support.

Cllr McShane said:

"People are shocked and saddened to see the unfolding events in Ukraine, as news of more deaths are reported across social media and television daily; something we hoped we would never see in our lifetimes.

"I have been contacted by many individuals and groups who are wanting to get involved in the efforts to support the people who are fleeing their homes in Ukraine. While there have been huge aid efforts from people across the Council area, the response is now escalating to support the people who will be arriving to our shores for safety and shelter.

"While a dedicated website will be launched today for people to register interest in opening their homes to refugees, we need to be prepared at a local level. Causeway Coast and Glens Council must be prepared to be an area of sanctuary and we should create the conditions to support this."

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