Department of Justice has told representatives of a county Roscommon community where 80 Syrian refugees are to be homed in a derelict hotel, that half of the people living there will be children.

The chairman of the Ballaghaderreen town team development committee today welcomed the news a pre-school will also be set up in the Abbeyfield Hotel but said huge issues remained to be resolved over the provision of rural transport and health facilities.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to be asked to provide new resources for the local area to deal with the additional demands on services when she meets with local Oireachtas representatives on Wednesday.