Astrit Selgjkaj (44) from Albania has lived in the city centre accommodation for the last five years, and his young son (6) and daughter (12) attend local schools in the area.
“When I told the news to my daughter, she cried and she told to me: ‘I don’t want to change the school because I made friends – the school is brilliant,’” he said. Mr Selgjkaj has been living in direct provision for seven years, and is appealing for “leave to remain” in Ireland, following a failed application for asylum. “We don’t know where we are going to be … This is terrible news,” he said.
Another resident in the centre said he had just been accepted to study computer science in University College Dublin, through a special grant for asylum seekers. He requested his name be withheld over concerns speaking publicly might affect his asylum application.
He said if he was relocated to a centre outside of Dublin he would not be able to take up the college place. “Everybody is really breaking down” following the news of the closure, he said.