Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has condemned the person or persons responsible for the arson attack on the Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville over the weekend.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
“Arson attacks, threats or racism have no place in Donegal. I call on the person or persons responsible for this arson attack and the threats to the family who own the hotel to stop their actions. They do not speak for the people in Moville or Donegal.
“While many people in Moville are concerned about the absence of any consultation or preparation for the planned Direct Provision Centre at the hotel that will house around 100 asylum seekers, their concerns are not racist or, indeed, unreasonable. I was present at the packed public meeting in Moville just over a week ago and the vast majority of speakers who had concerns were measured and genuine about the issues that they raised in relation to additional resources for local health services, schools, and community amenities.
“The Department of Justice and the Reception and Integration Agency have treated the community with contempt and disrespect and lessons must be learned from all of this.
“However, the vast, vast majority of people in Moville and Donegal reject racism or intimidation. They reject the person or persons responsible for this shameful arson attack that could have led to the death of the family that own the hotel and they reject those persons who have issued threats against the family. Anybody with information on these incidents should assist the gardaí with their enquiries.”