The number of recently arrived asylum seekers without State provided accommodation has fallen below 100 for the first time since February.

The latest figures from the Department of Integration show that there are now 74 recently arrived adult asylum seekers with no State provided accommodation.

In the last 24 hours 100 people who did not have any accommodation were offered a space, while 50 were offered a place the day before.

Some 14 new arrivals who presented today were not offered any accommodation.

Since 24 January, 1,301 asylum seekers who were initially told there was no accommodation available for them have been offered a space.

Last month the number of asylum seekers without any State provided accommodation peaked, when on the evening of the 3 May there were a total of 593 without accommodation.

When the figure passed 500 in April the United Nation's Refugee Agency , the UNHCR described it as a "grim milestone" and said it must act as a "wake-up call for the Government" adding that "providing for the most basic needs of asylum seekers, in particular basic shelter and safety... is a clear legal obligation both under national and European law".

Earlier this week a senior official in the Department of Integration warned that accommodation for adult asylum seekers presenting without children will remain "strained" into the future.

Assistant General Secretary Carol Baxter told an Oireachtas committee that the response from communities to new accommodation was one key factor in determining how many places can be made available, and how quickly this can be done.

Ms Baxter acknowledged that the State has "a legal and moral obligation to access the claims of those who seek refuge and to provide accommodation and supports in line with the (European Union) Reception Conditions Directive."

Independent Senator Tom Clonan said he believed the situation was an emergency rather than a crisis and suggested that tents sheltering homeless asylum seekers on streets could be moved to army barracks already in use including McKee and Cathal Brugha barracks in Dublin.

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