There has been widespread condemnation following the second attempted arson attack at the Shannon Key West Hotel in the space of five weeks.
Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy described last Monday night’s incident as “extremely disturbing” and said it must be utterly condemned.
“It is true to say that a large percentage of people in Rooskey have serious reservations about the hotel being used as a centre for asylum seekers but despite the Government’s lack of engagement on the issue, the local residents do not in any way condone this type of illegal activity and they are outraged by this second fire at the hotel.
“Local residents had expressed dismay at the Government’s approach to Direct Provision by locating over 80 asylum seekers in a small rural village such as Rooskey – thereby increasing the population by over 20% with no proper facilities – but any protests to date have been peaceful and local people do not in any way condone these type of arson attacks and this type of activity must be utterly condemned,” said Deputy Murphy.
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said that the people who carried out the attack showed a blatant disregard for the safety of security personnel and that the local community would never condone such actions.
“The community of Rooskey would never condone actions such as Monday night’s attack or the attack which took place a number of weeks ago”.
Deputy Fitzmaurice said that genuine concerns over the hotel’s use as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers need to be addressed however.
“It would be unfair on both asylum seekers and those already living in the local community if this plan was to go ahead as the services required are just not in place”.