The Direct Provision Site

The asylum seekers site in Lissywollen Athlone has been in operation since October 1999. Located in an industrial area on the northern outskirts of the town, it consists of 100 mobile homes, an administration block and a medical block.

There are 19 6-berth and 81 4-berth mobile homes giving a total possible population of 438 people.  Normally 200 to 300 residents live there.

It was originally a family-only site but now also accommodates single asylum seekers.

The administration block consists of a canteen, laundry, community welfare office, recreation area and offices.

The medical block contains the public health nurse, and doctor’s office.

There is a playground and a few open areas that are used for sporting activities.