Rooskey gathering demands end to racism and direct-provision

Up to 100 people attended an anti-racism gathering at Rooskey this afternoon after a fire at a hotel earmarked for asylum-seekers.

The event was organised by Leitrim/Roscommon Against Racism, and people from Ballaghaderreen, Cootehall, and south Leitrim attended, but not many Rooskey residents.

South Africa’s Bulelani Mfaco, who lives in a direct-provision centre in Limerick, also spoke of his negative experience of Ireland’s system for asylum-seekers.

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Gardaí are still investigating the suspected arson attack at the Shannon Key West Hotel on Thursday night.

These people explained why they attended today’s protest.

See here a selection of videos from today’s event.