A fire occurred at the Caiseal Mara hotel in Moville which was to be turned into a Direct Provision centre in order to accommodate 100 asylum seekers in the Donegal town at around 4:30 AM last night .
Gardaí in Buncrana say they are investigating all circumstances that surrounded the fire on Foyle Street and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them. The fire is reported to have caused extensive damage. A man in his 50s was taken to Letterkenny hospital for treatment.
Broadcast: Highland Radio News | 25 Nov 2018
Moville hotel extensively damaged in overnight fire - Donegal News
Donegal hotel ear-marked for asylum seekers set on fire
Earlier this month, the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton was blasted by callers to Highland radio for his failure to consult with locals over the plans to turn Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville into a Direct Provision for asylum seekers.
Up to one hundred asylum seekers were to start arriving in the village in one week but nobody was notified until two weeks ago.
They will increase the population by 7% which is currently between 1,300 and 1,400 people.
At a public meeting demanded by the locals, Brian Flanagan, the founder of the Irish Refugee Council said he opposed imposing Direct Provision centres on communities.
Nick Henderson, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Refugee Council, told Ivan Yates on Newstalk this week that he opposed the Direct Provision centre in Moville due its remote location on the Inishowen peninsula.