The Irish are going hard, bro.
A fire in Dublin’s south inner city in a building falsely linked to asylum seekers was the work of arsonists, gardaí have confirmed.
The first results from a technical examination of the blaze, which gutted the building in Ringsend, has determined it was an act of criminal damage.
A major criminal investigation into the blaze has begun at Irishtown Garda station, under a senior investigating officer. Garda sources told The Irish Times they were very hopeful the urban location of the latest fire at a property, incorrectly linked to housing asylum seekers, would aid the investigation.
“Some of these incidents have been in very rural areas but we’re now dealing with a location where there would be more people around and more CCTV covering the scene,” said one source. He added the investigating team was also hopeful people from the local community would come forward with confidential information.
Two weeks ago a fire destroyed the Ross Lake House Hotel in Rosscahill, Co Galway, just days after it had been named by the Department of Integration as an accommodation centre for about 70 people seeking international protection.
Video from the Galway fire
However, while far-right agitators had claimed the building in Ringsend was to be used for the same purpose, that information was false.
Instead, the building – the disused Shipwright pub – was being readied for use by Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DHRE) to house homeless families, including some from the local area.
Gardaí have now said they are “aware of a significant volume of misinformation, disinformation and rumour in relation to the use or proposed use of the building”.
When news of the fire emerged in Ringsend early New Year’s Eve, gardaí suspected it was the work of arsonists. Those suspicions have now been confirmed and Garda investigators believe the arsonists aimed to ensure the building could not be used for foreign nationals, even though it was intended for the homeless.
“At approximately 1.55am on Sunday, gardaí responded to reports of a fire at a premises on Thorncastle Street. Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and extinguished the fire,” Garda Headquarters said in a statement on New Year’s Day.
“No persons were in the building at the time of the incident. There was substantial damage caused to the property,” the statement added, while also confirming the fire was being treated as “criminal damage”.
Garda sources said a deliberate campaign of false claims about the intended use of the building was orchestrated and though it was “crude” it was “intimidating”. It succeeded in convincing a swathe of people the building was to be used for international protection applicants.
There were a number of protests outside the building in recent weeks and though these were very poorly attended, they involved what one Garda source said were “highly motivated people”, some of whom spread misinformation on social media.
What are they motivated by, I wonder?
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