A Dublin college catering for non-EU students has confirmed that it will close down this Friday.

IEA on Dominick St in the city centre will be the fourth private college to close over the past few weeks.

The college has been on the brink of closure since its owner Jose Amaral left Ireland suddenly two weeks ago amid allegations of immigration irregularities. 

Mr Amaral returned to his home country of Brazil. 

Staff at the college have received emails informing them of the college's closure.

A notice signed by the "IEA team" has also appeared on Facebook informing students "with deep sadness" that the college will close "due to circumstances outside our control". 

The notice said the college would remain open this week to allow students to get documents they will need. An estimated 600 students are registered at the college. 

Last week staff at IEA told RTÉ News that around 80 students in Brazil had paid fees of up to €2,000 each but had yet to arrive in Ireland to begin their courses.

Some of those students have told RTÉ News they hope to get refunds from Mr Amaral. 

Writing on Facebook over the weekend Mr Amaral said he would do his best to refund those students.