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Guard attacked at hotel preparing to accept refugees

The security guard was hired to protect the Caiseal Mara hotel in Moville, Co Donegal. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

A HOTEL preparing to accept refugees seeking asylum in Ireland has been attacked for a second time.

A security guard hired after the hotel in Moville, Inishowen, Co Donegal was targeted by arsonists was attacked as he sat in his car outside the building.

The Caiseal Mara was severely damaged by fire last month. It was preparing to accept up to 100 refugees as part of a government plan. In the latest incident, a security guard hired to protect the hotel narrowly escaped injury when a brick was thrown through the window of his car.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai are investigating an incident of criminal damage which occurred shortly before 8pm on Thursday, at a premises in Foyle Street, Moville. A car was damaged in the incident. There were no injuries.”

It is understood the security guard had just finished his shift and was about to drive off.

While a group has been established to welcome the refugees, there has been criticism over the Irish government's handling of the situation. Some people have criticised the government's failure to consult residents before naming the Inishowen town as a centre.

Sinn Féin senator, Padraig Mac Lochlainn condemned the attack.

"All it takes is a small number of people, not representative of the community,” he said.

However, he added there were genuine concerns in area over the impact of the arrival of 100 people on education, health and other services.

"We treat local communities with contempt and, of course, worst of all, we have a system that is cruel; that takes away the dignity of the asylum seekers themselves,” he said.

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