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‘People are terrified of putting their heads up over the parapet’

2020 has been a hectic year for the Clare Immigrant Support Centre, and a very uncertain one for the people it supports. Spokesperson Orla Ní Éilí said that things were particularly busy as the first lockdown struck. “We’re very busy. Obviously when it hit we were doing everything by WhatsApp and email and all of that, back in the spring and we were ridiculously busy, it was 24/7, literally. Then we tried to pull it back into a bit of shape, to do our clinic times, we always had clinics in Miltown Malbay and Lisdoonvarna. When things settled we were doing appointments only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but we were working the rest of the week as well. Now we’re back off appointments and we’re doing everything online at the moment.” She said that some of the undocumented immigrants in the county are particularly struggling, with the segments of the economy they work in having disappeared, while they may not …

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