The Department of Justice has confirmed plans to lease 35 properties in Galway city centre to house asylum seekers.

The apartments and town houses are located on Dominick Street and on Munster Avenue.

It's understood the  properties in question have been used for student accommodation and short term tourist rental purposes in the past.

The Department has agreed to lease the units for an initial duration of two years.

Comprising 30 apartments and five town houses, the "Own-Door Accommodation Centre" in Galway will open this week.

The one and two bedroom units all have separate front doors and are fully self contained with kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.

When full, the units will house in the region of 140 people.

Families will be moved into the new centre on a phased basis over the coming days - from a Direct provision centre in Galway.






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