Over 300 people seeking international protection (IP) are to be accommodated at a former office block in Galway.

The asylum seekers will be housed at a property at Ballybrit Business Park, which is being repurposed for accommodation, in advance of their arrival.

In a briefing note for public representatives in the area, the Department of Integration said the building will have capacity for 302 people in a total of 62 rooms.

According to RTE, A two-year contract to use the building, for "temporary emergency accommodation" purposes, is being agreed with the owner.

The asylum seekers will be housed in 42 rooms in one building, with a further 20 rooms in an adjoining block.

The decision to use the site in question has been prompted by an overall shortage of accommodation, combined with what the department terms "the unprecedented numbers of people" seeking asylum.


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