The “Achill Says Welcome” group says some of the women who were due to move to Achill have now been given places elsewhere.

In a Social Media Post the Group says on behalf of the people of Achill, they have apologised to the women for the distress they have been put through.

“Achill says Welcome” say they hope everyone involved will now listen to what asylum-seekers have asked for; a lifting of all blockades of accommodation, and support for their efforts to rebuild their lives.

Meanwhile, Government plans to house up to 5,500 asylum seekers in new direct provision centres are running over the expected budget, with three of eight regional contracts awarded.

The secretary general of the Department of Justice, Aidan O’Driscoll, told the Public Accounts Committee in a letter that the department needed to find new accommodation centres because of a rise in the number of people arriving in Ireland seeking international protection.

He said the procurement of such centres would be done through regional advertisements.

Three contracts have been awarded in the midwest, the southeast, and the midlands.

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