The TD's comments come amid concerns with an influx of 120 male asylum seekers, set to be housed in a former Westmeath army barracks.
A midlands Junior Minister doesn't think it's viable for the State to be in weekly contact with communities when it comes to accommodating refugees.
Concerns have been raised with an influx of 120 male asylum seekers, set to be housed in tents at Columb Barracks in Mullingar.
After eight weeks, they will then be replaced by Portakabins - which will cater for families only and can accommodate up to 200 people.
Longford Westmeath TD, and Minister of State in the Department of European Affairs, Peter Burke, says he understands people's concerns, but we have to be realistic:
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