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Asylum seekers will soon be housed in a disused nursing facility in Ballsbridge, Dublin, with space for up to 220 individuals.

The St. Mary's Home located on Pembroke Park has been deserted for several years.

The Department of Integration will now use it for applicants seeking international protection.

It is anticipated that about forty families will be able to stay.

The property in Ballsbridge is being patrolled by Gardaí since there have been suspected arson attacks against locations designated for housing asylum seekers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Integration said: "A vacant former nursing home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will reopen in the coming days as a 220-bed emergency accommodation facility for families who are seeking international protection".

The department is "currently providing over 26,100 people seeking international protection with State-sourced accommodation and support services," the spokesperson added.

"In addition to that, since February 2022, we are also providing accommodation to 74,000 people who have fled the war in Ukraine, resulting in over 100,000 people in State-provided or pledged accommodation in Ireland, and that number continues to increase."