The Government may accommodate asylum seekers in tents on the grounds of the former Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin.

In a statement, the Department of Integration said: "Preliminary investigations are under way at the site faciliated by the Land Development Agency."

It said initial projections are that the site could accommodate up to 176 asylum seekers.

It added temporary tented structures could be erected in the coming weeks.

The site would only be used for three months.

Latest figures from the department show that are currently 61 new international protection applicants without State provided accommodation.

It said 75 people who had no accommodation were offered places today.

According to the department, all adult asylum seekers who presented on or before 29 May have now been offered accommodation.

It said 16 new arrivals were not offered State provided accommodation when they presented today.

Since 24 January, a total of 1,392 asylum seekers who were not initially offered accommodation have been offered a place.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has agreed a proposal that Ireland makes a financial contribution of €1.5m, rather than taking in a group of 350 people seeking international protection as part of a European solidarity agreement.

It is understood the approach, jointly proposed by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Minister for Integration Roderic O'Gorman, is to take account of what is termed the "unforeseen increase" in people already coming from Ukraine, as well as international protection applicants.

The Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism was created to assist member states along the EU's external borders who are under pressure from new arrivals, including countries along the Mediterranean receiving people from search and rescue operations.

Under the deal, Ireland agreed to accept 350 people seeking refugee status.