June 18, 2021

Direct provision centre in Bray’s Esplanade Hotel targeted with Covid-19 conspiracy theory leaflets

Asylum seekers in direct provision at the Esplanade Hotel on Bray’s Seafront have been targeted with leaflets spreading conspiracy theories about Covid-19.

The Department of Justice has been notified about the leaflets which were distributed by Anti-Corruption Ireland, the right-wing conspiracy theory group, according the Irish Independent.

Is is reported that the leaflets claim that Covid-19 is a “staged event”, that wearing masks is dangerous while also promoting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

The flyers also ask people to boycott “foreign” supermarkets such as Lidl and Tesco.

“Newly arrived people in the country, many of whom may have little or no English, may struggle to work out what is genuine public health information and what isn’t,” John Brady, Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow, told the Irish Independent.

“It’s quite alarming. I have been in touch with the Minister for Justice to make her aware of it. It is very concerning, given the many people who have contracted the virus in direct provision centres across the state.

“For this misinformation to go in to one of the premises being used to accommodate asylum seekers is very, very concerning.”

Deputy Brady  added that he and other local politicians had been told that the leaflets may have been distributed by someone working in the hotel.

“We are not aware of where this information came from, but I can assure you we have at no time disseminated any information of this sort to residents at the hotel,” Fergus O’Grady, the managing director at the hotel, said.


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