Bishops call for ‘dialogue and consultative planning’ following fires at Rooskey Hotel

Hotel earmarked for housing of 80 migrants.

Opposition to planned anti-racism rally at hotel premises later today.

Sligo News File.

Bishops of two local dioceses have condemned the recent fire at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey.

The hotel is earmarked by the government as a centre for the housing of some 80 migrants, most understood to be of African origin.

According to tourism promotional literature, Shannon Key West, which is on the banks of the Shannon, is “a passionately designed and handcrafted hotel, where fine art adorns, inducing total serenity and relaxation in the most tranquil and peaceful surroundings. Corporate and leisure guests depart feeling refreshed, invigorated and determined to return.

Elegantly styled rooms

“All bedrooms are elegantly styled and beautifully appointed, most with enchanting River Shannon views. Discerning guests will appreciate the comfort of our hospitality tray, garment press, hair dryer and satellite TV with in-house video. All telephones are modem compatible and executive rooms have a dedicated line to a telephone, facsimile and answering machine.

“The gracious and classic Kilglass Restaurant, with its grape and leaf cornice, cut glass chandeliers, pilasters and original prints combine to create the perfect intimate ambience.

“The ergonomic and air-conditioned conference centre and Lough Rynn boardroom offer your business state of the art information technology with ISDN video conferencing, graphic digital projection and custom built 21st century IT network training facilities.”

Doran and Duffy, bishops of Elphin and Ardagh and Clonmacnois respectively, have condemned the most recent fire attack on the premises.

Fires have caused upset

The fires at the hotel have caused significant upset to local parishioners, they say.

They have called for “dialogue and consultative planning” to bring about the best outcome for refugees and the people.

Meanwhile, many of Rooskey’s small population have spoken out against an anti-racism rally planned to take place outside the hotel later today.

There is also growing anger throughout the country over the government’s continuing housing of relatively large numbers of foreign migrants in sparsely serviced rural locations. The government has shown no inclination to engage in any prior consultation with communities before bussing foreign migrants into an area.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that between 7 and 8 million irregular migrants from Africa live in EU States, including Ireland.