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Barracks being considered for incoming refugees engulfed in flames

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The fire reportedly caused extensive damage to the facility
The fire reportedly caused extensive damage to the facility

A fire has seriously damaged a disused army barracks in Kildare which was being considered by the government for incoming refugees.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the blaze at Magee barracks in Kildare town last night. 

According to Kildare Now, the fire is smouldering after subsiding early this morning. 

Fire brigades attended the scene last night after reports the disused site had been set alight. 

Magee Barracks is one of a number of State facilities being considered by the government to house incoming refugees. 

However, the unused facility had fallen into disrepair and locals have reported numerous fires at the site in the last year alone. 

The barracks itself were closed in 1998. It severed as a home for Kosovan refugees and asylum seekers for a couple of years, and was then abandoned.

Among the other army facilities being considered are Gormonston in Meath, St Bricin’s Hospital, Arbour Hill, Dublin, Kickham Barracks in Clonmel and Columb Barracks in Mullingar. 

Video courtesy of Kildare Now.