Homeless people in Tullamore being told to go to centres in Athlone and Longford while at the same time a former hostel in the area is to be used to house up to 168 asylum seekers.
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