The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) is taking “very seriously” complaints by residents at the Globe House direct provision centre in Sligo of a “rat infestation” in the hostel.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) called for an immediate inspection of the centre to identify the issues which may have led to rats being in the centre.

“The health and safety of residents must be a priority at all times,” said a spokeswomen for the IRC. “Both the Department of Justice and the management of the centre have a duty of care, and they must do their upmost to ensure the health and safety of all residents. The fact that a person has been bitten is alarming.”