Confirmed: Refugees will not be accommodated in Rooskey

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

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Confirmed: Refugees will not be accommodated in Rooskey

The former Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey

The Leitrim Observer can confirm that the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey will not open as a detention centre or asylum centre for refugees.

The Department of Justice and Equality stated to the paper this morning that it "regrets that it is not in a position to proceed with plans to open an accommodation centre in the Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey.

"The decision was taken following legal advice sought from the Chief State Solicitors Office which found difficulties with the lease agreement between the owners of the hotel, and the operator renting it, which made proceeding with the proposed centre unviable."

The Department  spokesperson said  they are "not party to these lease arrangements and these matters are outside our control. We remain committed to sourcing suitable premises to meet the accommodation needs of people in the international protection process. A regional procurement process is underway and will continue throughout the year."

While there are two separate investigations into arson attacks at the Shannon Key West Hotel this year, the department said "The decision not to proceed was taken solely in relation to the difficulties with the lease."

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