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. 

Our caseworkers can write to IPAS on your behalf, asking them to give you accommodation urgently. Hopefully, this will help, but there is no guarantee. Before we can do this, we need to speak to you directly and ask you some questions. 

If you would like us to write to IPAS for you, please come to:

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

When? Tuesday 10.30am-midday. 

We are also doing outreach on Thursday 1 February: 

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

When?  Thursday from 5.00pm-7.00pm

The Irish Refugee Council caseworkers will be happy to meet you there to discuss your case. 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, we recommend that you try to rent a bed in a tourist hostel. The price varies, but you might find a bed costing between 15-22 euro per night. Check  to see prices and availability.  If you can pay for the bed yourself, you can ask the Department of Social Protection to refund you the cost.

 To do this, please keep receipts (evidence of payments) and submit them to Elizabeth O'Farrel House, North Cumberland St, along with a completed Additional Needs Payment (also known as Supplementary Allowance) form.

If you do not have enough money to pay yourself, you should also ask the Department of Social Protection to assist you.

Tourist hostels may refuse you if you do not have a national ID (such as a passport, driving license, or national ID card). However, we recommend you try with your Blue card and Public Services Card (PPS 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]