The Government has issued an urgent call seeking various buildings to accommodate incoming refugees.
The call was made by Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman after he wrote to Government departments seeking help.
Large halls where camp beds, mattresses and sleeping bags can be set out for people are being sought as the Department of Integration struggles to find accommodation for refugees arriving here.
The buildings can be located anywhere in the country, the minister told colleagues last night in a letter seen by RTÉ News.
The facilities which Minister O’Gorman is hoping to find include sport centres with showers.
Also included on the list are conference facilities, arts and student centres.
There was a call out too for any large buildings that are deemed safe by local authorities and which comply with fire regulations.
Minister O’Gorman told his fellow ministers that his department would provide management and NGO support in the buildings.
He concluded his letter by again asking each department and its agencies for any assistance in providing these buildings for immediate use.