The International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) is responsible for accommodating you and all other International Protection applicants. If you were refused accommodation when you applied for asylum, IPAS will have added you to their waiting list

IPAS will contact you by email when accommodation becomes available. We do not know how long this will take. Please check your email and junk/spam inbox daily. You can contact IPAS at [email protected] with your full name and Person ID number.

How can the Irish Refugee Council help?

We are doing all we can to pressure the State to give you accommodation, which is their legal obligation. In 2023, our Independent Law Centre represented homeless International Protection applicants in the High Court. The Judge found that the State's failure to provide shelter, food, and hygiene facilities is unlawful and violates applicants' rights under EU law. For more information, please read here and here. 

If you are homeless, our caseworkers can meet with you to discuss your situation, provide you with useful information and signpost you to other services. We can discuss any legal pathways to challenging your homelessness and write to IPAS on your behalf. 

If you would like to meet a caseworker please come to: 

Where? Crosscare Migrant Project, 2 St Mary's Pl N, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, D07 Y768

When? Monday 13th of May, Monday 20th of May and Monday 27th of May: 2-4pm.


Where? Merchant's Quay Ireland, 13-14 Merchant's Quay, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 KT61. 

When? Tuesday 7th of May, and Tuesday 21st of May; 10-12:30.


Where? Tiglin at the Lighthouse, 28 Pearse St, Dublin 2, D02 NA48

When? Thurs 9th of May, and Thurs 17th of May, and Thurs 30th of May - 5-7pm.

Please complete this form in advance.

Medical Assistance                                                                                                                            

If you are sick or unwell, please see a doctor. You can make an appointment for free at one of the following clinics:

If the Doctor gives you a letter/document that shows you are sick, send it to IPAS by email. 

In the case of a medical emergency, dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance. 

Social Welfare Payments     .

You can collect your PPS Number 4 working days after you applied for asylum at the IPO. 
When you collect your PPSN, you can apply for a weekly payment of 113 euro.
You should also be able to apply for an additional needs payment of 100 euro. 

You can collect your PPSN and apply for the payments at: Elizabeth O'Farrell House, North Cumberland St, Dublin 1  

Homeless Day Services                                                                                                

 Please be aware that Homeless services and charities are not able to provide you with accommodation; this is the responsibility of IPAS

Homeless day services across Dublin city centre can help you with breakfast, lunch, dinner, showers, change of clothing, tents and sleeping bags, for free. 

The services have different opening hours, starting from 8 am and finishing at 10 pm. Please click on the links for more information. 

Merchants Quay Ireland 

13-14 Merchant's Quay, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 KT61

Food and showers

Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm

Sunday 8am – 2pm 


29 Bow St, Dublin

Food, showers, Doctors/Dentist, tents

Monday - Saturday: 8.00 – 11.30am

                            & 12.30 – 3.00 pm

Mendicity Institution

9 Island St, Usher's Island, Dublin 8, D08 KW8H

Food and showers Monday – Friday & Sunday: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm

Tiglin at the Lighthouse

28 Pearse St, Dublin 2, D02 NA48

Food and clothing 

Tuesday – Friday 7:00pm - 10:00pm 

Saturday & Sunday 3.00 – 6.00pm 

Sleeping bags onlyCrosscare Migrant Project, 2 St Mary’s Place North 

Booking a Tourist Hostel     

While you are waiting to be accommodated you may be entitled to financial assistance to cover the cost of a bed in a hostel.

You can apply for assistance through the Department of Social Protection. You will need to apply for an Additional Needs Payment (also known as Supplementary Allowance) at Elizabeth O'Farrel House, North Cumberland St, Dublin 1.

Please note, they may ask that you book the hostel first so that they can then refund you. If you do not have the means to do so, we recommend you explain this to staff in Elizabeth O'Farrel House.

The prices vary, but you might find a bed costing between 15-22 euro per night. Check  to see prices and availability. We recommend you keep receipts (evidence of payments). These will be helpful in your applications for Additional Needs Payments

Tourist hostels will most likely refuse you if you do not have a national ID (such as a passport, driving license, or national ID card). 

Dublin Simon Rough Sleeper Team       

If you are rough sleeping at night, you can contact the Dublin Simon Rough Sleeper team. They will come to find you.

You can call them on 01 872 0185 Or contact them via an app you can download onto your phone called "Dublin Rough Sleeper Alerts app"

Once you have informed them of your rough sleeping location, wait for the team to arrive to meet you where you are. 

Legal Aid Board       

You are entitled to be represented by a lawyer throughout the asylum process, for free. 

To apply, you need to complete an application form and submit it to the Legal Aid Board office near you. 

Details for the Dublin Law Centre: 

48/49 North Brunswick Street
D07 PE0C

Phone: (01) 6469600
Email: [email protected]