Concerns have been raised about the number of people sharing bedrooms with non-family members in direct provision centres.

Figures released in a response to a parliamentary question made by TD Catherine Connolly show that 1,892 people were assigned a shared bedroom as of 31 March this year.

The Irish Refugee Council says it's an increase compared to April last year when 1,700 people shared a bedroom.

It’s CEO, Nick Henderson says the latest figures demonstrate the need to end direct provision as soon as possible.

Mr Henderson has also called for vaccine prioritisation for people living in direct provision as soon as practicable.

In March, HIQA said residents and staff in direct provision presented with an increased risk of infection of Covid-19, but comparable rates of severe disease relative to the general population.