The Department of Justice has postponed plans to accommodate asylum-seekers in Achill.

In a statement to Midwest News in the past half an hour, the Department said it had hoped to transfer 13 vulnerable women to the Achill Head Hotel for emergency short-term accommodation, for a maximum stay of 3 months.

However, due to the ongoing protest outside the hotel, the Department says asking the women to move there would not be in their best interests.

The statement explains that officials from the Dept of Justice have been engaging with public representatives in the area since last week, and met last night with elected and community representatives in Achill where they discussed local concerns.

The Department says it's disappointed at the continuing protest, but says it will continue to engage in an effort to resolve the situation.

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