Around 60 people seeking asylum in Ireland were moved overnight into a new accommodation centre in Santry in north Dublin, which has been the subject of protests by those opposed to the plan in recent days.

The Department of Integration confirmed the situation to RTÉ News, saying that after discussions with gardaí the individuals were moved to the Airways Industrial Estate in Santry, north Dublin, on Friday night.

It is understood around 60 people seeking asylum in Ireland were moved to the location from the CityWest complex in west Dublin, partially to make space available for arrivals in CityWest.

However, to date no information has been released about the individuals, including where they are originally from or their gender or age breakdown.

The Santry location is one of three new accommodation centres which have been opened in Dublin in recent days to help reduce the number of asylum seekers sleeping rough in Ireland.

The other locations are the former Senior College on Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire and Dolcain House in Clondalkin.

The Santry location was the subject of protests last week by those opposed to the plan.

According to the latest statistics, 503 recently arrived asylum seekers are currently without State-provided accommodation.