INISHOWEN Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has welcomed confirmation that Donegal County Council is to open a number of its buildings as collection points for the public to donate clothes and other items to the refugees in Calais.
Cllr Murray who is the Donegal contact for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity group said the recent harrowing images of refugees drowning in European waters captured the attention of so many people in Ireland.
“It drove home the desperation that these people are faced with and I was contacted by many, many people who wanted to help.
“As such, I contacted the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and requested that our facilities are used as donation points for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.
“I am delighted that this has been agreed and our facilities have been open for those who want to help. This is brilliant gesture by the council on behalf of the people of Donegal.
“I would ask that the public gives what it can before Friday 18th September,” he said.
Collection points are as follows
Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny
Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town
Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh
Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe
The Old Courthouse, The Diamond, Lifford
The following items are needed
Heavy duty rubbish bags
Tents: 4 person +
Blankets and sleeping bags
Men’s clothes: specifically, small to medium to sized warm clothes.
Men’s toiletries – 2 options:
Tools for fixing bikes, pumps, puncture repair kits
Please ensure that all items are placed in clean bags or boxes for ease of transport.