A GROUP of asylum seekers are being given temporary emergency accommodation in a Macroom hotel.
The group arrived in Macroom on Thursday and are being provided with accommodation at the Riverside Park Hotel.
Families from a number of countries are understood to be provided with accommodation in the facility. It is understood they have just recently arrived in Ireland.
The asylum seekers are being accommodated there on a temporary basis until space becomes available in one of the country's 39 direct provision centres.
All are currently full, with more than 6,000 in the direct provision system.
Those being accommodated in hotels and guest houses must wait until those who have been granted status to remain in Ireland have moved out of direct provision centres. However, sources said the housing crisis has resulted in delays in some people who have been granted status being able to move out of direct provision.
The location of the asylum seekers in Macroom has not been announced by the Department of Justice, or the Reception and Integration Agency.
Residents of Macroom have not been given any official notification about the move.
It was initially thought the hotel was being converted into a direct provision centre. However, this was rejected by the Department of Justice.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that no new Direct Provision Accommodation Centre has opened in Macroom."
"The Reception and Integration Agency has sought expressions of interest for emergency temporary accommodation which was advertised in the national media in January of this year."
"The advertisement sought bed and board in hotels and guesthouses on a 12-24 week basis. This advertisement has led to a number of emergency locations being used on a short term basis.”
They added: “The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of this Department has a legal duty to protect the identities of persons in the international protection process. As a result of this, we do not divulge the location details of emergency accommodation. We are also mindful of the right to privacy of applicants.”
However, Fianna Fál TD Aindrias Moynihan said they received no advance notice of the arrival of the asylum seekers.
He criticised the Government for being obsessed with spin and pr and for failing to communicate with locals on the matter.