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

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