Irish authorities are examining a fire that occurred at an abandoned pub, intended to be a shelter for families without homes.

A fire in Dublin has occurred less than two weeks after a suspected arson attack on a vacant hotel in Galway that was planned to house asylum seekers. Irish authorities are now investigating this second fire, which took place in the Ringsend area of Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

It took a team of 30 firefighters about three hours to bring the blaze under control. The building, formerly known as the Shipwright pub, was unoccupied at the time. Local residents had been informed that the building would be used to provide housing for homeless families, but some were skeptical and believed it would be used to house asylum seekers.

This fire follows another blaze that occurred just two weeks prior at the Ross Lake hotel in Rosscahill, near Oughterard in County Galway. Protestors had gathered at the hotel to prevent its use for accommodating asylum seekers, and the fire was set shortly after.

These incidents come after riots took place in Dublin on November 23, when far-right activists called for supporters to take to the streets. Earlier that day, a man of Algerian origin, who had become an Irish citizen, stabbed three children and a carer outside a school in central Dublin. Rumors that the suspect was a foreign national sparked protests, some of which turned violent.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has vowed to bring the perpetrators of the Ringsend fire to justice if it is determined to be a deliberate act. Detectives are treating the fire as suspected arson, and government officials are concerned about the potential for copycat incidents.

Garda Síochána commissioner Drew Harris has previously stated that there is no evidence of a coordinated effort behind these fires.

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