The National Indoor Arena at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin will provide temporary accommodation to international protection applicants from today, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has confirmed.

However, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has said it is aware of at least 20 asylum seekers who have been told that they will not be provided with accommodation until tomorrow.

In a statement earlier, the department said "100 people will be accommodated at Abbotstown from later today and the facility has a complete capacity of approximately 200".

The department added that it had engaged a facilities management company as well as security and that the facility has Wi-Fi.

Meals, bed linen and toiletries will be provided.

Applicants may be accommodated there for up to six weeks before being moved to more suitable accommodation, as it becomes available within the current shortages.

It comes after a number of newly-arrived asylum seekers are believed to have spent a number of nights sleeping rough in Dublin city centre, after efforts to find accommodation for them failed.

IRC CEO Nick Henderson yesterday said that the council would open up a number of rooms in their office so "people can try and rest" but he added that they are "very worried and tired".

"We are jumping from emergency solution to emergency solution," he added.

"There is not nearly enough medium-term thinking to plan out the coming months and how we can ensure that moments like this do not occur again."