More than 200 asylum seeking residents at a centre in Athlone are refusing to accept daily food supplies in a dispute over how the centre is operated.

The residents of the Lissywollen Athlone Direct Provision Accommodation Centre, along the Athlone bypass, have been refusing to accept new food supplies since yesterday.

However, they are not involved in a hunger strike and are using food from alternative sources and supplies that they had built up instead.

Talks are ongoing between residents and the centre management to try and resolve the issues at the heart of the dispute.

This is the second protest taken by residents of the Direct Provision system in less than one month.

Residents of Mount Trenchard also refused food and protested in August at the duration spent in Direct Provision, their isolation, living circumstances and separation from their children.