Residents in the village of Rooskey on the Roscommon/Leitrim border have sought an emergency meeting with the Department of Justice to outline their concerns over a proposal to provide accommodation for up to 82 asylum seekers in a disused hotel in the area.

The owners of the old Shannon Key West Hotel have confirmed to RTÉ News they have leased the premises for a year to a company that intends to provide a home for up to 55 adults and 25 children in the 42-bedroom hotel.

However, local people say the site is unsuitable because of the lack of public transport, GP services and the local school that is already full to capacity.

In a statement, Leitrim County Council said premises operated successfully as a hotel for a number of years with the appropriate Fire Safety Certificate in place.

The council said this Fire Safety Certificate continues to be appropriate where the building is used in the provision of accommodation for persons in the international protection process.

It added that should material modifications to the building be required, then a competent contractor and a competent fire safety consultant will have to be engaged.

The council will assess any material modifications to the building from a fire safety perspective, it said.    

Rooskey village has a population of approximately 500 people. It has one shop, three pubs, a national school, a garda station and a church.

The hotel to be leased is directly adjacent to the River Shannon and a new playground that has just been built in the area.

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