An event is taking place in Co Leitrim tonight to welcome plans for a Direct Provision centre in Ballinamore.
Proposals to house more than 100 asylum seekers in apartments in the town have been 'paused' after opposition from some locals.
However, tonight's event in the town - organised by a group called 'Ballinamore Says Welcome' - is designed to extend a 'warm message of welcome' to the asylum seekers if and when they arrive.
Organiser Caroline Dempsey said she was concerned about the level of opposition to the plans - and said those due to move to the town need to hear a more positive message.
She explained: "[The objections were] giving out a very negative image.
"[The plans are] the best idea I've heard of when it comes to DP centres, and these apartments are really good."
Sajjad Hussain has been involved in welcoming refugees to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, and he will be one of the speakers this evening.
He supports the department's plans for Ballinamore.
He observed: "Just for the short period while things are sorted out for them... [the asylum seekers] have to live somewhere."
Mr Hussain said that even if it's not ideal place for a centre, the people in question will be able to get shelter and a safe place to live in the town.
Earlier this week, a group representing residents in Ballinamore met with the Junior Minister for Immigration and Integration David Stanton.
The residents indicated their support for finding an “appropriate accommodation solution” for asylum seekers in the town.