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From top: The Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, County Roscommon this morning; Rooskey this morning; Statement from the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan
Rooskey, County Roscommon
The 39-bedroom hotel has been the subject of significant controversy since the Department of Justice confirmed proposals before Christmas to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers there.
When gardaí and the emergency services arrived at the scene, they found the building reception enveloped with smoke.
It is understood a security operative was present on the first floor of the premises when the fire began.
Gardaí will investigate claims that a number of individuals broke into the premises to spread flammable liquids in the hotel.
Key West Shannon, a hotel which was to become home to 80 asylum seekers is on fire. Here are screenshots from a far right youtubers video about the hotel where numerous people advocate arson and racial violence.
On November 7, 2018, in the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said:
“Over the weekend in the village of Rooskey, which is eight miles from my place on the County Leitrim side, we were told that a refugee centre was moving to the old Shannon Key West Hotel. No one in the community has been informed.
“A meeting has been organised by some of the people involved with community groups only. They have picked special people to go into it. As a local Deputy, I was not even asked. I imagine Deputy Martin Kenny, as the Deputy on the Leitrim side, was not asked.
“Why is the Government doing this under a secret type of cover? Why is the Government not coming to the communities? By the way, the communities will take on this challenge and support those people. The people who are bringing this in are saying we are going to have extra teachers in the school and extra support for the doctors, but these things are not happening.
“They did not happen in Ballaghaderreen either. Communities are prepared to support these people but I appeal to the Government to give back-up to communities to help and assist them.”
Transcript via Kildarestreet.com