Roosky fire incident must be utterly condemned - Murphy

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Roosky fire incident must be utterly condemned - Murphy

Eugene Murphy has out rightly condemned the suspected arson attack

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has out rightly condemned the suspected arson attack on the former Shannon Key West in Roosky which saw a second fire break out in the building last night.

“This is the second fire at the hotel which is earmarked to become a reception centre for asylum seekers. The first fire occurred on January 10th and now just a month later a second fire has occurred which is extremely worrying and totally unacceptable. Nobody can tolerate this- I understand that two small fires were discovered by security personnel last night on the first floor which I understand were brought under control with fire extinguishers on site.

“It is extremely disturbing to learn that there were a number of security personnel at the location at the time so there could have been serious injury or loss of life. It is true to say that a large percentage of people in Roosky 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 Roosky 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