Protestors at the Mosney Centre have been told that no asylum seekers will be forced onto buses to take them to another accommodation centre in Dublin.

However, around 100 people will have to move as the owners of Mosney are to be paid for accommodating 650 people instead of the 800 at present.

Having spoken to the Reception and Integration Agency, Sue Conlan of the Irish Refugee Council told protestors at Mosney that none of them will be forced to leave the Co Meath centre.

She said the bus, which was due to bring them to Dublin, would leave this afternoon with or without the asylum seekers.

This would be repeated tomorrow and Thursday as well.

A group of asylum seekers have been protesting over plans to move them to Dublin, saying Mosney has become their home for the last number of years.

However, the Reception and Integration Agency has said that over 100 people will have to leave Mosney.

Talks about who would leave and when will now begin.

The move is part of the drive to secure the best value for the €90m spent on the asylum process annually, the Department of Justice has said.

A Department spokesperson said the move would save around €1.8m annually.

He said no one was being forced into Dublin as asylum seekers also had the option of moving from accommodation centres to live with family and friends.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, Fine Gael Justice Spokesperson Alan Shatter accused the Minister for Justice and the RIA of incompetence and a lack of insight and sensitivity in the handling of the issue.