Tuesday 26 March 2019

Clashes between anti-racism protesters and residents outside hotel

The Shannon Key West in Rooskey, Co Roscommon, which has been housing asylum seekers, has been hit by two arson attacks in a month.

Confrontations at an an anti-racism rally titled Love Rooskey: No to Racism: Asylum Seekers Welcome, in Rooskey, Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)
Confrontations at an an anti-racism rally titled Love Rooskey: No to Racism: Asylum Seekers Welcome, in Rooskey, Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

By Rebecca Black, Press Association

Anti-racism protesters and residents have clashed in Rooskey, where a hotel housing asylum seekers was attacked.

The No To Racism: Asylum Seekers Welcome rally took place on Sunday afternoon.

It follows two arson attacks on the Shannon Key West Hotel in the space of a month.

Singer Christy Moore is among a number who sent messages of support saying he “fully supports this Sunday’s Love Rooskey No to Racism Rally”.

Speakers will include MEP Luke Flanagan, along with music from local musician Ronan Gallagher poetry from Dave Lordan.

As the rally started on Sunday afternoon, there were verbal confrontation between residents and those attending the rally.

One resident said she was upset at the anti-racism protest taking place in the town.

She told media there are no services in the town to support asylum seekers.

“Since the factory burned down there is nothing in Rooskey, there is no bus service, no GP, they are ran off their feet, there are no services for asylum seekers to be put here in Rooskey,” she said.

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Lucky Khambule, of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, speaks at the anti-racism rally (Niall Carson/PA)

“We are not racist, absolutely not. We have welcomed everyone, we have been doing it all my life.

“I am really upset about this.”

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