Gardaí attend scene of a number of suspected stabbings at Hotel Killarney

Four injured males taken to hospital for treatment as two men arrested for questioning


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A number of ambulances and several Garda vehicles on Sunday night attended the scene of what appeared to be a large-scale incident involving suspected stabbings at Hotel Killarney in Co Kerry, a large hotel which is currently being used as a direct provision centre.

Gardaí have confirmed that they and other emergency services were called to an incident at around 8.30pm at the Hotel Killarney.

Four males injured in the course of the incident were removed from the scene to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are described as not life-threatening.

Two men aged in their 30s have since been arrested and brought to Killarney Garda Station where they are currently detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.


Gardaí remained at the scene on Sunday night where a forensic examination was under way. The investigation is ongoing.

It is understood that the scene of the assault was cordoned off and Garda technical experts are due to carry out a forensic examination of the scene on Monday morning.

The hotel was at the centre of controversy in October after plans by the International Protection Accommodation Services to remove Ukrainian women and children who had arrived in Killarney in March from the hotel and transfer them to Co Mayo to make room for male direct provision applicants.

However after local protests, alternative hotel accommodation was sourced for the Ukrainian refugees and their children in Killarney. About half of the 400 residents at Hotel Killarney now are female direct provision applicants.

Videos circulating on social media show a number of ambulances as well as Garda vehicles at the location.

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy is a news reporter with The Irish Times