Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said residents of East Wall in Dublin raised "very important and sensitive" matters in a meeting with him today.

Mr Donohoe and the Minister for Integration Roderic O'Gorman met the group to discuss the housing of asylum seekers in an old ESB building.

A number of protests have been held outside the building over the past week.

In a statement following the meeting, Minister Donohoe said: "They raised very important and sensitive matters in a direct and appropriate manner.

"I recognise that these are deeply important issues for a community that I am privileged to represent in Dáil Éireann.

"I will continue to engage with representatives to provide information and I will do my best to respond appropriately to their concerns."

A spokesperson for Minister O'Gorman said he "provided an overview of the crisis context in which buildings, like the building in East Wall, must be repurposed to provide shelter to those seeking refuge".

He said the minister responded to residents questions and concerns about the use of the building and gave them information about the kind of supports that are being offered to those who are residing there.

A resident who attended the meeting says the group told the ministers to shut the facility within seven days but this was refused.

He said the group told the ministers protests would resume outside the building.

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he anticipates "more and more" Ukrainians coming to Ireland this winter as Russian President Vladimir Putin uses "energy food and water as weapons of war".

Speaking to reporters in Brussels, Mr Varadkar said Ireland faced a "very difficult situation" to accommodate refugees from Ukraine.

However, he added: "We have to do our best to offer them shelter and security. Bear in mind, where they are coming from they may not have power, they may not have water, they may not have shelter at all.

"We are trying to examine every single option you could imagine. Everything from refurbishing and reusing office buildings, warehouses and tented accommodation in some cases. And we reopened the call to people who have holiday homes or vacant property in their possession or a room in their house to make it available."

Mr Varadkar said that more than 60,000 people had arrived from Ukraine to Ireland, which was a very small proportion of those who had fled the war.

Earlier today, at the opening of a new garda facility on Military Road in Dublin, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was asked about the protests in East Wall, whether they could turn violent and if there are concerns that far-right groups have infiltrated demonstrations.

Commissioner Harris said gardaí are observing "social media commentary in the background to some of this".

"There is commentary of concern being expressed across social media, certain groups and certain individuals," he said.

"But we always have, and it's part of our role in national security, a monitoring position on individuals and groups that we feel would pose a threat either in terms of public order or violence.

"We are watching it carefully and we have no particular concerns at this moment of violence being planned."

Additional reporting by Laura Hogan, David Murphy