Appeal for witnesses after fire at hotel earmarked to house asylum seekers

A technical examination of the scene of a suspicious fire at a hotel in County Leitrim has been completed. Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the blaze at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey. It was earmarked to become a direct provision centre for asylum seekers. Door to door enquiries will be carried out this evening by Gardai in Rooskey.

Superintendent Kevin English from Carrick-On-Shannon Garda Station is leading the investigation. He says they are examining whether there was any criminal offence evident:

Meanwhile, Irish Immigrant Support Centre Nasc says the Direct Provision system generally isn’t fit for purpose. The organisation says it needs to be replaced and include community groups and other organisations, in order to help asylum seekers to integrate into areas better. Jennifer DeWan from Nasc explained more on The Wider View this afternoon: