A number of people seeking international protection in Ireland have been moved out of a facility in Finglas, north Dublin, due to concerns for their safety.

Around 20 people were being accommodated in the North Road Accommodation Centre, a premises that had previously been used by the HSE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They stayed for up to three nights, before being moved on Friday.

The Department of Children said that the centre is not currently in use by the International Protection Accommodation services, following a number of "incidents directed at residents".

It said that those residents were "subsequently moved in the interests of welfare and safety".

It is understood the people returned from Finglas to the Citywest transit hub.

The department said that it is contracting emergency accommodation in light of the continued high number of international protection applicants arriving and that the North Road Accommodation Centre was established after its owner offered the premises for this purpose.