Minister for Justice says it is unclear when Rooskey will be able to accept new residents

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Suspected arson attack at Rooskey hotel a sad day for Ireland of a thousand welcomes

The scene at Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey following the suspected arson attack.

Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan has stated this morning, he is deeply concerned at the reports of a fire at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey last night.

He said, "I wish to commend the emergency services and An Garda Síochána for their quick response to the incident, which undoubtedly minimized the potential damage to the hotel.

"The hotel had recently contracted with my Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to our country to seek protection, many of whom have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

"The final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival. Thankfully, there were no residents in situ when the fire broke out. A security guard who was on the premises was not injured and managed to raise the alarm.

"The investigation into the cause of the fire must now take place and I do not wish to speculate at this point. It is also too early to say when the hotel might be ready to accept residents. All of the necessary assessments, certifications and any remedial works required must be carried out before we have a clearer timeframe. In the interim, my Department will continue to meet our obligation to provide accommodation for persons seeking our protection.”

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