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Ministers Flanagan and Stanton condemn arson attack on Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for Equality and Integration, David Stanton TD, have condemned the arson attack on the Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville which took place in the early hours of this morning. While the incident and the damage is currently being investigated, the Ministers thanked the emergency services for their quick response. The hotel is due to come into operation as an accommodation centre for international protection applicants in the coming days.
Speaking after hearing about the incident, Minister Flanagan said: “I condemn this attack and those behind it in the strongest possible terms. This was a despicable incident and could have led to very serious tragedy. I send my best wishes for a full recovery to the injured person and all those impacted by the fire. I am urging anyone with any information with regard to this fire to contact the Gardaí.“

Minister Stanton added: “I deplore this attack. The hotel is being prepared for accommodation by persons seeking international protection in Ireland. That people would target such a building in this way is deeply shameful. This action is not at all representative of the welcome of the overwhelming majority of people in both Donegal and Ireland as whole. ”

Pending a complete assessment of the damage, the Department will not be making further comment.


Note for Editors:

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, anyone with information or anyone that was in the area that may have seen suspicious activity on Foyle Street, Moville, Co Donegal this morning prior to or after the fire to contact Buncrana Garda Station on (074) 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.