asylum seeker

  • An asylum seeker has been jailed for five years for raping a woman in Mayo two years ago.

    The man, who's in his 20s and can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the charge before it went to trial.

    In her Victim Impact Statement, the woman said she was put on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets afterwards, and has developed trust issues since the attack.



  • A fire occurred, for the second time in five weeks, last night at the Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, on the Leitrim/ Roscommon border. The hotel is still ear-marked to become a reception centre for asylum seekers.

    Just before ten o clock last night a window was broken in the building and an attempt was made to start a fire on the premises. The alarms in the hotel went off and security personnel in the hotel called the Gardaí.

    Three units of the fire services arrived on the scene and brought the incident under control. No serious damage was caused.

    Gardaí in Co Leitrim will carry out a forensic examination at the scene today.

    Less than 5 weeks ago Gardaí had to respond to an arson attack on the hotel. On that occasion smoke damage was caused but last night's incident has now raised serious concern in the area with Gardaí investigating claims that a fire bomb may have been used.

  • The Government has abandoned plans to accommodate asylum seekers at a hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.

    The Shannon Key West Hotel had been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 80 people.

    However, the Department of Justice has confirmed that following legal advice, the plans have now been dropped.

    It's because of difficulties over the lease agreement between the company renting the hotel - who wanted to turn it into a tourist spot - and the owners.

    Local Councillor Liam Callaghan told Midwest News that he received confirmation from the Department earlier that the plans had been dropped.