There are no spaces available in State-provided accommodation for people fleeing the war in Ukraine and other asylum seekers, the Department of Children has said.

The department said anyone arriving now will have to stay in Dublin Airport if they do not have alternative accommodation.

In a statement issued yesterday evening, the department said there is overcrowding at the Citywest Transit Hub and "Government is working intensively to put alternative arrangements in place with immediate effect".

It added: "Over the past number of weeks there has been a very significant increase in the number of people seeking access to the International Protection Service (IPS) and this is causing a severe shortage of available accommodation for both people arriving from Ukraine and International Protection applicants."

The Taoiseach will meet ministers today to discuss the situation and review the current policies and processes, it added.

"Ensuring the security, health and safety of people who are fleeing Ukraine has been, and remains, a top priority for the Government since the Russian attack began in February. Most of the people arriving in Ireland are women and children."

Government sources said last night that those seeking international protection from countries other than Ukraine had peaked in recent days.

These include arrivals from what were safe countries, including Georgia.

The UK's Rwanda policy is believed to be one of the main reasons for this, along with a tightening of immigration rules in Sweden and Poland.

It is understood that the Department of Justice will now "step up" its role in both assessing "genuine cases" and returning people coming from countries not at war.

The Irish Red Cross described the situation as "serious", but said that the Government has "a number of actions in play" such as accommodation in Gormanston Camp.

"They are still working on institutional buildings and of course modular housing are the way," a spokesperson for the organisation said.

"The Irish Red Cross has come together with entire NGO sector and we have all redoubled our efforts and we are still actively placing more refugees.

"Nobody expected this - the increase of people coming into the country over recent days. We are looking at an increasing in numbers of about 150 refugees a day entering the country, most of whom are Ukrainian."

Additional reporting: Mícheál Lehane and Aisling Moloney