The minister said that he is “deeply concerned” by the fire attended by Gardaí and emergency services in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.
Minister Flanagan confirmed that “the hotel had recently contracted with [my] Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to our country to seek protection, many of whom have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable. The final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival.”
Flanagan said: “It is also too early to say when the hotel might be ready to accept residents. All of the necessary assessments, certifications and any remedial works required must be carried out before we have a clearer timeframe.”
“In the interim, my Department will continue to meet our obligation to provide accommodation for persons seeking our protection.”