Fire at former Lanesboro convent earmarked for Ukrainian refugees

A property which went on fire in Lanesboro on Tuesday night had been earmarked to accommodate about 85 Ukrainian refugees over the coming months.

Gardaí are investigating the fire at a former convent in the town. No significant damage was caused to the building and there were no injuries.

It is understood that the building, which has been vacant for over two years, was recently purchased by a local business man with a view to being converted for the purpose of housing Ukrainian refugees in the coming months.

Two fires began at the front and back doors of the old convent in the popular tourist town at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday night. They were quickly brought under control by the Fire Brigade.

There had been a meeting between the developers, local county councillors and executives from Longford County Council at the site on Tuesday afternoon. That meeting was organised in order to inform the councillors of the plans for refugee accommodation and to assess progress and a future timeline for the completion of the work.

A garda spokesperson said that a technical examination of the scene will take place