Following on from last Sunday’s fiery anti-racism protest in Rooskey, a fence has now been erected around the Shannon Key West Hotel, scene of two suspected arson attacks in recent weeks.
The Department of Justice has so far refused to confirm reports that the hotel will open as a direct provision centre in as little as two weeks.
In a statement to the Roscommon People earlier this week, the Department said discussions were ongoing:
“The Department cannot comment on a specific opening date due to our responsibility to protect the privacy rights of residents.
“The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of the Department of Justice and Equality is in discussion with the contractor about opening the Shannon Key West Hotel as an accommodation centre.
“An opening date is dependent on any required repairs after the recent fire being completed and relevant certification received”.
Meanwhile, Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has expressed his concerns for the well-being of those asylum seekers set to live in the accommodation centre, confirming that the Church was against Direct Provision.