The consortium behind efforts to reopen the former Shannon Key West Hotel, in Roosky, says it remains committed to doing so.
The news follows confirmation that the Department of Justice and Equality is no longer interested in operating the former hotel as a direct provision centre for over 80 asylum-seekers.
With this news, the spotlight will again be on whether or not the hotel can be re-opened and when.
A local consortium, the Paradub Group, says that it remains committed to reopening the facility. Last year, the group outlined its plans at a public meeting in the village.
Spokesperson for the Paradub Group, Phelim O’Neill, said that “there is a desire locally for the property to be reopened as a hotel.
“Paradub fully intends to reopen the facility and closing the deal we have made.
“There may be some difficulties to iron out; we’re not sure about the insurance aspect.
“But the announcement by the Department is helpful with regard to our plans.
“It would appear there should be no obstacles going forward,” said the Strokestown-based solicitor.