Asked why he believed there wasn’t a larger turnout of local people at last Sunday’s anti-racism demonstration in Rooskey, businessman and Fine Gael Local Area Representative, Andrew Reynolds, said he believe the people of Rooskey had no case to answer following the recent arson attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel.
“I think the reason there wasn’t a larger local presence at last Sunday’s demonstration is because the people of Rooskey wouldn’t have felt the need to prove they weren’t racist. They wouldn’t see the need for an anti-racism protest or rally,” he said.
No politicians present
Not a single politician attended Sunday’s anti-racism rally in Rooskey, held in the wake of an alleged arson attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel. The premises has been chosen as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.
Speakers at Sunday’s event, who strongly condemned social media criticism of their motives, were anxious to convey an impression that many of those attending the rally were locals. In actual fact, there were no more than a handful of (village) locals present in an attendance of approximately 80-90 people.
Leah Doherty, one of the event organisers, said it was “sad” that there were no public representatives present.
Other speakers insisted that most of those present were locals and that social media commentary to the effect that campaigners would be “bussed in” from other parts of the country had been exposed as inaccurate.
After members of the Green Party, Sinn Fein and People Before Profit addressed the rally, Ms. Doherty asked if there were any politicians present. When there was no response, Ms. Doherty said this was “sad”. A member of the attendance asked if there was any Church representative present, a comment which went unanswered.