A new direct provision centre is to accommodate up to 100 asylum-seekers in a former hotel in Rosslare Harbour in Wexford, the Department of Justice has announced.
The centre, to be located at the former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel, will replace the current system of emergency accommodation which has been used to house asylum-seekers in the area at Hotel Rosslare on a temporary basis.
A meeting will be held tomorrow between Department officials and local councillors and a "Friends of the Centre" group is to be established, as has been the case in other towns where direct provision centres have been put in place.
Asylum-seekers already living in Hotel Rosslare will be transferred to the new centre in the coming weeks and others will move in on "a phased basis" after that.
The premises was offered to the Department via an Expressions of Interest competition advertised nationally by the Department last year.
According to the Department, the centre will provide "independent living facilities" to residents, giving them their own cooking facilities and an on-site food hall where they can get groceries using a "cashless" system.
"The Department is endeavouring to provide the local community with as much information as possible," a spokesperson said.
The centre will be managed by Codelix Ltd.
In addition to the independent living arrangements, the centre contains a dining area, recreational spaces and an onsite laundry facility.
Applicants will be able to access a range of State services and supports including healthcare, education and childcare as well as receiving a weekly cash allowance of €38.80 for adults and €29.80 for children.