Over 200 people attended a packed public meeting in Achill last night over proposed plans that there is to be an emergency accommodation centre opened in the Achill Head Hotel.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Paul McNamara told Midwest News this morning that no final decision will be made on the matter until the Department of Justice liaise with the community.

He says the main concerns of locals is that there was a lack of consultation and clarification along with the unsuitability of the proposed premises.

Cllr. McNamara has invited the Department of Justice down to speak to the community.

Midwest News contacted the Department and they came back with the following response.

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 morning.

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