There has been a mixed reaction to the news that 80 refugees will be located at a hotel in Ballaghaderreen in Co Roscommon.
Several local people have criticised the Department of Justice, saying there was no consultation with the local community and no information until the announcement yesterday.
One local businessman said while he would welcome refugees, local businesses had been working to try to attract investment into the town and a hotel in the town was vital to attract new businesses.
He said he had hoped the Abbeyfield Hotel, which will host the refugees, would reopen as a hotel.
The Department of Justice held a meeting today with local councillors to discuss their concerns.
Some councillors said they had been reassured but still had some concerns.
The refugees are expected to arrive in March, Minister of State at the Department of Justice David Stanton said.
Local Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy was critical of the "appalling lack of consultation" over the decision.
In a statement, he said he felt it would be more appropriate for such a small rural town to house a smaller number of Syrian refugee families.
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