Gardaí say they are investigating a criminal damage incident after a fire broke out at the Ross Lake House hotel in Co Galway last night.
The hotel in Rosscahill, which has not been in use for a number of years, was due to accommodate 70 asylum seekers this week.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar condemned the incident and said “there is no justification for violence, arson or vandalism in our Republic. Ever”.
The Ross Lake House, which is currently under private ownership, had been offered a one-year contract to house international protection applicants.
The fire broke out at around 11.35pm, before being brought under control by fire services. Nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire.
Gardaí preserved the scene at the hotel for a technical examination.
Anyone with information regarding the incident has been asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 225 000, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Yesterday, protesters had gathered to form a blockade at the entrance of the hotel in opposition to Government plans to house the asylum seekers on the premises from next Thursday.