A crowd gathers outside the hotel at Rooskey as part of the anti-racism gathering pic.twitter.com/RE2bzzPaXQ
— Eoghan Murphy (@eoghanymurphy) January 13, 2019
Rooskey, County Roscommon.
A protest organised by Leitrim And Roscommon United Against Racism outside the Shannon Key West Hotel earmarked for Direct Provision and the target of an arson attack last week.
The rally got under way at lunchtime with speaker after speaker condemning the Direct Provision system which is now in its 19th year.
Organisers said they want to see an end to the Direct Provision system in Ireland and the manner in which direct provision centres are imposed on communities without consultation.
The participants from Leitrim, Roscommon and beyond said they stand in solidarity with the people of Rooskey.
There were not many townspeople in attendance. Some feel the events of the past week have unfairly drawn negative attention to the town.
Locals say while refugees would be welcome there are not sufficient facilities or services in the village for them.
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