A new direct provision centre is to open next month at the former Marian Hostel in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said the premises was offered following a public procurement competition for the midlands region.

It said the centre will provide "independent living" facilities for the residents, who will move in on a phased basis. The centre will be managed by Bridgestock Care

The department added that officials will meet local representatives from the Tullamore municipal district in relation to what supports will be in place "to facilitate the new accommodation centre and its residents".

A 'Friends of the Centre' group, which the department said is in line with successful models around the country, will be established.

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