The hotel has not been in use for several years and had been selected to house 70 asylum seekers in the coming days. A fire that broke out at a hotel in Galway which was due to be used to house asylum seekers is being treated as a crime by police. Irish police are investigating after a blaze broke out at Ross Lake House Hotel in Rosscahill, Co Galway, at around 11.35pm on Saturday. No one was inside the building at the time, and the fire service brought the flames under control. Gardai are treating the fire as a criminal damage incident and said the scene was set to be examined further on Sunday afternoon. The hotel has not been in use for several years and had been selected to house 70 asylum seekers in the coming days. The government’s plan had been heavily criticised by local opposition and protesters had blocked the hotel’s entrance earlier on Saturday. Police are appealing for anyone who may have information regarding the fire to contact them.

via sky:Fire breaks out at Galway hotel days before asylum seekers were set to move in

siehe auch: Fire breaks out at Galway hotel due to house 70 asylum seekers. Gardaí say they are investigating a criminal damage incident after a fire broke out at the Ross Lake House hotel in Co Galway last night. The hotel in Rosscahill, which has not been in use for a number of years, was due to accommodate 70 asylum seekers this week. The Ross Lake House, which is currently under private ownership, had been offered a one-year contract to house international protection applicants. The fire broke out at around 11.35pm before being brought under control by fire services. Nobody was inside the building during the fire. Gardaí preserved the scene at the hotel for a technical examination. (…) Yesterday, protesters had gathered to form a blockade at the entrance of the hotel in opposition to Government plans to house the asylum seekers on the premises from next Thursday.