The Government has confirmed that tented accommodation for up to 100 asylum seekers will be provided at the Knockalisheen Direct Provision Centre in Co Clare.

It follows Tuesday's opening of temporary tented accommodation at the Gormanston military camp in Co Meath for Ukrainian people fleeing the war.

A shortage of accommodation has led to overcrowding at the Citywest transit hub. Earlier this week, RTÉ News reported that people there were sleeping on the floor and on chairs. Last week, the Old Terminal Building at Dublin Airport was used as temporary accommodation for more than 300 people.

The Department of Children, Equality, Integration, Disability and Youth has confirmed that "preparations are under way to expand the capacity of specified State-owned International Protection Accommodation Service centres (direct provision centres) by erecting tented facilities".

"The Defence Forces and OPW have been providing assistance in this regard, beginning with the facility at Knockalisheen, Co Clare. This site will have capacity for approximately 100 international protection applicants," according to department statement.

It said that more locations for such tented facilities "are still being finalised but will be used to provide short-term emergency accommodation to international protection applicants while additional capacity is being sourced".

Sixty-five Ukrainian refugees stayed at the Gormanston camp last night - the same number as arrived at the tented camp on Tuesday when it opened.

Meanwhile, the Citywest transit hub accommodated 720 people last night - 550 asylum seekers and 170 Ukrainian refugees. RTÉ News understands that the facility has 370 bed spaces.

A department spokesperson said that "due to the continuing accommodation shortage, Citywest remains under significant pressure".

"As a result, the number of people in Citywest exceeds the number of bed spaces available there at the moment.

"We are working to move people to more suitable accommodation as soon as such accommodation comes available."

The Government has also committed to opening a second transit hub in Dublin, to provide similar services to those currently provided in Citywest.

The department said it would carry out assessments of potentially suitable sites "shortly".

"While suitable sites are actively being considered, bringing any welcome centre into operation is heavily dependent on site assessment, available services and facilities management," its statement said.

It said it could not comment further on the process due to "commercial sensitivity concerns".