The response from the Dept of Justice to Midwest News query this evening as to whether or not Achill Head Hotel in Keel is to house up to 70 migrants from tomorrow (Thurs), as generally rumoured today.
In early September 2018, demand for accommodation exceeded the number of bed spaces available in our accommodation centres. As demand continued to rise, the Department sought expressions of interest for emergency temporary accommodation which was advertised in the national media in January of this year.
It should be noted that there are currently 36 emergency accommodation locations all over the country. These emergency centres are temporary and short term in nature pending the opening of new centres. Emergency accommodation is provided through hotels and guest houses. To protect the identification and privacy of applicants and other guests, we do not publicly identify these premises.
All State service providers are notified once an applicant is given accommodation - as applicants are provided with a suite of State services while their claim is being legally examined.
Midwest News has asked for the direct question to be answered and asked the dept for further clarification this evening.