Leitrim superintendent Kevin English claims those behind last night’s attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel at Rooskey had significant local knowledge.
He believes it was premeditated and that those responsible were working in the area in recent days in preparation for the attack.
He says entry was forced into the premises by breaking a patio-door window and that if it wasn’t for the presence of on site security, there could have been significant damage.
Superintendent English claims the blaze caused minimal damage to the hotel.
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Residents have condemned the second such crime at the facility earmarked for asylum-seekers.
Geraldine Moran, who runs the Weir Lodge pub at the hotel, gave her detailed reaction to Eoghan Murphy.
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Imelda McHugh lives only yards from the hotel. She too condemned it.
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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has expressed grave concern at the reports of the fire last’s night at Rooskey.
Speaking this morning, the minister said the pattern of behaviour represented an unacceptable and worrying development and should be condemned by all.
He said those responsible have shown a reckless disregard for the safety of human life and respect for private property.
He also revealed the owners of the hotel had just completed the necessary repairs to the property from the last fire and that the damage will now have to be assessed again for the second time this year.