Direct Provision Centre in Sligo close to capacity

The direct provision centre in Sligo is close to capacity according to figures released by the Department of Justice.

Globe House, which has a capacity for 218 people, is currently housing 212 occupants.

The Reception and Integration Agency said last month that it was preparing to open three new direct provision centres; one of which is located in Donegal and another on the Leitrim/Roscommon border.

Five of the 38 direct provision centres throughout the country are oversubscribed.

A total of 5,928 women, men and children were living in direct provision centres at the end of last week.