The Mayor of Killarney has called on Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman and International Protection Accommodation Services to look again at the housing of international protection applicants at a hotel in the town where multiple people were stabbed last night.
Four men are being treated at Cork University Hospital and two others are being treated at University Hospital Kerry following the incident at Hotel Killarney, which is currently being used as a Direct Provision centre to accommodate applicants for international protection.
Niall Kelleher, a Fianna Fáil councillor, said locals wanted communication from the department, but were “justifiably angry and concerned”.
“It was mentioned at the time that there would be 400 single men, which was obviously of a concern in relation to the different nationalities as there would be tensions and those tensions have turned into the shocking reports we’ve seen today and people around here are justifiably angry and concerned in relation to the reports we’ve heard last night,” Mr Kelleher said.
He added that the management of the hotel have publicly said that it will revert to being a tourist hotel, and is currently available to be booked for later this year.
Mr Kelleher said that he would call on the minister and IPAS to come out and give clear communication and clarity in relation to that, which he said is vital.
None of the men hurt in the incident, who are in their 20s and 30s, sustained life-threatening injuries.
The incident happened at around 8.15pm yesterday evening.
Gardaí are continuing to question two men in their 30s who were arrested after the incident.
They are being detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act and are being questioned at Killarney Garda Station.