We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Around 100 people attended a rally in support of refugees outside the Shannon Key West Hotel

Anti-racism rally held outside fire-damaged Leitrim hotel earmarked as Direct Provision centre

The hotel was damaged in a suspected arson attack earlier this week.

UP TO 100 people have attended a rally outside a hotel on the Leitrim-Roscommon border which was set to become a Direct Provision centre before being damaged by fire.

The demonstration outside the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey began at around 1pm, and saw a number of speakers condemn the suspected arson attack at the building on Thursday.

Others demanded an end to the Direct Provision system, and called on Ireland to welcome those seeking asylum.

“Why are we wasting our lives hating each other?” said one speaker. “Why can’t we look after each other? If I smile at somebody, what will I lose? I will not lose anything.” 

According to the United Against Racism group, who helped to organise the march, locals in Rooskey were set to welcome the opening of the centre, and are unhappy that they have been associated with the attack on the hotel. 

“We also wish to express our complete solidarity with the vast majority of residents of Rooskey who are horrified by this blatant act of vandalism and racism,” the group said.

“The vast majority of Rooskey’s residents have expressed that they have no issue with asylum seekers or assisting anyone fleeing war and persecution and the town is already an inclusive diverse intercultural town.”

The group also expressed anger at the lack of consultation from the government about the opening of the centre, saying that locals feel extra resources for the town have not been provided to help the accommodate refugees.

Gardaí are investigating the fire at the hotel as a “possible arson attack”, while Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he was “deeply concerned” by the incident.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel