Rooskey

  • An anti-racist gathering will be held today at 12.30 pm in Rooskey at the Shannon Key West Hotel. According to a social media post the gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim/Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the alleged arson attack on the hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at asylum seekers and refugees.

    Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system. They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities but say the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.

     

     

     

  • Following on from suspected arson attacks at a hotel in Rooskey, Co Roscommon, a local Councillor is calling for a joint meeting of the Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon municipal districts, in a bid to address what he calls "the escalating events" at the Shannon Key West Hotel.

    Two small fires broke out at the premises on Monday night, 5 weeks after a previous fire at the hotel, which is due to accomodate 80 asylum seekers in the coming weeks.

    Condemning the incidents, Roscommon Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Murphy is now seeking a meeting between the two municipal districts, saying we need to get county councillors from Roscommon and Leitrim working together on the issue, as Rooskey villages straddles the two counties.

    Councillor Murphy is also hoping an official from the Department of Justice would attend such a joint meeting.

    Meanwhile, another anti-racism rally will take place in Rooskey on Sunday.

    The Leitrim / Roscommon United Against Racism group is organising a rally outside the hotel from 12.30 on Sunday afternoon.

  • Gardaí investigating a fire that occurred at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon last night are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

    The fire was reported to emergency services at about 8pm. The scene is preserved pending a Garda Technical Examination.

    Diversions are in place in the area and will remain in place until after the technical examination has been completed. No injuries were sustained in this incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Carrick on Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510.

     

  • Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire yesterday evening at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, on the Roscommom/ Leitrim border, which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

    The alarm was raised at about a quarter to eight last night.

    Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building.

    In a statement this morning, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he is deeply concerned by the incident.

    He states that the hotel had recently contracted with his Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to Ireland to seek protection, many of whom, he says, have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

    The Minister concludes saying that 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.

     

     

  • The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and the Minister of State for Immigration & Integration David Stanton have expressed grave concern at the reports of a fire last night in the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey.

    Last night at around 9:15, two small fires were found on the first floor of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, where 80 asylum seekers are due to move in.

    The fires were soon brought under control by on-site security guards - and it's believed no serious damage was caused.

    Minister Flanagan said last night's fire at the hotel comes just five weeks after a previous fire at the premises, and said this pattern of behaviour represents an unacceptable and worrying development, and should be condemned by all.

    The Justice Minister says the person or people responsible for this attack have shown a reckless disregard for the safety of human life and no respect for private property.

    He said the hotel owners had just completed the necessary repairs from the last fire, and the damage will now have to be assessed again, for the second time this year.

     

     

  • Members of the community in Rooskey are taking to the streets this lunchtime to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

    It follows a number of recent fires at the Shannon Key West Hotel which has been earmarked for the development of a Direct Provision centre.

    Organiser Eamonn Crudden says they're putting on a 'NO TO RACISM' rally to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

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    There's been slight confrontation at a 'No To Racism' rally in Rooskey Co. Roscommon.

    Videos online show demonstrators and the public having heated engagements.

    This afternoons rally comes in response to the recent fires which have delayed the development of a hotel in the village earmarked for asylum seekers.

     

     

     

     

  • Three men have been taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in entered the River Shannon in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon this afternoon following a single vehicle road crash.

    Emergency services attended the scene after the alarm was raised shortly after 2pm this afternoon.

    The men were taken from their vehicle by emergency services and have been transferred to Mullingar Hospital.

    It’s understood their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.