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Protests continue overnight outside Tipperary hotel

Protests are continuing outside the Racket Hall Hotel in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, in opposition to asylum seekers being moved into it.

Up to 17 asylum seekers, understood to be women and children, were moved into the hotel yesterday.

Just before 6am, there were six people sitting at the gate of the hotel around fires and wrapped in sleeping bags maintaining the overnight protest.

Inside the grounds of the hotel – outside its front door – there was a garda van.

Angry scuffles between protesters and gardaí took place as the international protection applicants were being brought into the hotel premises yesterday.

The garda public order unit was present outside the hotel at the time, and there were up to 200 people protesting at one point.

It is understood that one man was arrested under the Public Order Act and later released.

The Government plans to house up to 160 asylum seekers in Racket Hall as it struggles to accommodate the number of people arriving in Ireland seeking international protection.

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